Higher Education Guide 2020: Prodigy Learning Academy offers resources to help Katy-area children of all ages succeed in postsecondary education

Prodigy Learning Academy
Aparna Datta of Prodigy Learning Academy works with students to improve on academic subjects. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

Aparna Datta of Prodigy Learning Academy works with students to improve on academic subjects. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Prodigy Learning Academy opened in February 2019 to help students from the Katy, Houston and Sugar Land areas academically succeed. The after-school programs offer one-on-one tutoring, SAT and PSAT prep classes and help find individual learning styles. Founder Anwesh Datta created the website, curriculum and workbooks for the programs.

Anwesh works alongside his mother, Aparna Datta, the director of Prodigy Learning Academy, who answered this Q&A.

What is Prodigy teaching children to ensure their academic success and to prepare them for college?

We teach many students with organizational and attention deficiency issues, and being more organized and disciplined is critical. Initially, we show them how to organize their folders, how to use an academic planner and how to find a way to concentrate that works for them. They practice this skill until it becomes second nature.

What is Prodigy doing to help more minority students get in to college or a university?

Rather than focus on teaching kids concepts that are advanced for their age, we aim to help students who are struggling to just keep up. We help students from all backgrounds through after-school group tutoring and individualized lessons for each student. We hire diverse tutors to complement the different learning styles.

What are the most common obstacles faced by high schoolers who want to attend university, and what are you doing differently to address them?

Some of the most common obstacles include failing to understand the complete college applications process, failing to plan ahead and submit applications early and overlooking the financial components of acquiring a bachelor’s degree. We host giveaways and offer scholarships to help alleviate with some of the financial debt incurred by students. To help with other obstacles mentioned, we have a college admissions program that informs students of the application timeline and when to have certain tasks completed by. [The college admissions program] provides feedback on the personal statement essays.

How does Prodigy guide first-generation college students through the college application process?

Being a first-generation student is tough because there is no one to guide you through the rigorous college application process and that is why we offer the college admissions workshop program. Additionally, once high school students are accepted, we help them find resources for mental health services and provide informational seminars on what to expect in college. We are always there for past students and many of them call us from time to time for advice. We are always there to listen and advise as best as we can.

Prodigy Learning Academy

830 S. Mason Road, Ste. B-3, Katy


By Nola Valente
A native Texan, Nola serves as reporter for the Katy edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She studied print journalism at the University of Houston and French at the University of Paris-Sorbonne in France. Nola was previously a foreign correspondent in Jerusalem, Israel covering Middle East news through an internship with an American news outlet.


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