CEO Scott Greenspan was recently featured in Voyage Chicago. Check out the interview below to get an inside look at how STP has helped more than 3000 students improve their test scores!
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I began teaching high school math in 1996, and soon after, a parent asked me to work with her son on ACT math. We met twice and his score went up a few points. I thought to myself, “that was fun and easy, and the student really appreciated it.” So the next ACT came around and a few more parents asked for ACT math help. That process went on for a year or two, and finally I realized I could help kids with the English, Reading, and Science sections as well. Span Test Prep was born!
About 20 years later, we have successfully worked with over 3000 students, added 5 tutors to our staff, and help raise ACT scores by an average of 5-6 points and SAT scores by an average of 300 points. We are now working on an online tutoring platform so students can have their lessons remotely. We have an SAT Course, a PSAT Course, and a Refresher Course.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In addition to running the company, I am a full-time teacher and tennis coach at Glenbrook South High School, so I haven’t always had the time needed to grow the company. Balancing my teaching and coaching responsibilities with my business isn’t easy, but I love what I do, so I can’t complain!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Span Test Prep story. Tell us more about the business.
Span Test Prep has learned a lot in the 20 years that we’ve been serving students and families in Chicago. We have fine-tuned the program, added a few courses, and made adjustments for changes in tests and curriculum, but the mission remains the same today as it did at the beginning: provide the most efficient and effective test prep in the country. STP was founded by a high school math teacher, so we know first-hand how busy and stressful high school can be, especially during a student’s junior year. With that in mind, our program is designed not only to significantly improve scores but also to fit within any schedule. We meet one-on-one with every student and all of our teachers are able to get perfect scores, so we’re able to achieve results in six hours that other test prep companies can’t achieve in an entire school year.
Since students improve quickly, their confidence soars, and by the end of the program, they’re far more confident in their test scores and their schoolwork in general. That’s by far the most rewarding part of the job — seeing students dramatically improve and realizing they can take on any challenge!
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
If luck is being in the right place at the right time, then I’m certainly lucky! Standardized test prep was starting to grow in demand in the late 90s when I began my teaching career. Since then, the industry has exploded. It seems like almost every student looks for some form of test prep, and we are lucky enough to be helping lots of kids in the Chicagoland Area.
- Full ACT/SAT Course: $1600
- Summer Math Class: $550
- ACT/SAT Refresher Course: $500