Schools with limited resources can use the contract option to provide their students with instruction in subjects that may not otherwise be available at the school. Science labs, music classes, and remedial tutoring are examples of the kinds of instruction private-practice educators can provide.
Private-practice educators can also be a source of alternative methodologies and teaching techniques in core subjects. For example, the Math Enrichment Research Center (MERC) uses a nontraditional approach to teaching elementary mathematics at a school in the St. Paul (Minnesota) School District (see Case Study #5). Similarly, Sylvan Learning Centers use a proprietary curriculum and a specially designed classroom to teach remedial reading and math.
Whether teaching enrichment courses or core subjects, private-practice educators offer more options to school administrators looking to provide the best instructional program possible on a limited budget.