Our Mission and Background
Our mission is to cultivate a love of learning to help students achieve a lifetime of success
Leading Edge is a top provider of before and after school programs for children at elementary and middle schools across the country. We are passionate about using this time to positively impact their academic performance and social development.
We recognize that part of “loving to learn” is feeling confident in the material being taught in school. We focus on academics and homework support to build academic confidence, while also offering fun enrichment opportunities daily.
As a partner to schools and families, we are committed to:
- Making Our Programs Affordable and Giving Back: We provide a 100% scholarship to 1 student for every 15 enrolled students.
- Building a School Community: We offer inclusive programming, working closely with school support teams and parents to meet our students unique needs.
- Providing a Structured and Engaging Learning Environment: We offer customizable labs to align our program with your academic goals and a comprehensive Homework Lab which includes “hurdle help” to address gaps in student understanding.
Our organization was founded by Kevin Flynn, a prominent Boston-area entrepreneur, and Mark Freidberg, an executive who has spent his career growing education companies. They came together to make a difference in the lives of children and their families.
While raising their own children, they saw the challenges children face in today’s rapidly changing world and the constraints our public schools are under in coping with them. For the students who don’t understand subjects fully and start to fall behind, things can get worse as they continue on in their academic journey. By the time they hit high school, they may struggle to get C’s, become frustrated and have future opportunities closed off to them.
They were inspired to break this cycle and prevent this from happening. They brought in experts in education to develop methods, processes and curriculum to address this issue. And they partnered directly with schools to get everyone on the same page, working toward the same goal: to make sure students fully understand what they are being taught in school. The extra hours of high quality programming after school can make all the difference.
Kevin currently serves as the Chair of Leading Edge’s board where he helps guide the continued growth of the company. Mark is the Chief Executive Officer and he works with a strong, dedicated team to deliver for our students.