Ivy Bound

Ivy Bound

5.0(2 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


Ivy Bound stands out with clients for four reasons:

1. Our instructors credentials. All tutors have a top 1% score in their area of expertise, and all teach with clarity, enthusiasm, empathy, and high test knowledge. Beyond that, all bring dedication and passion to help elevate their students. All of our tutors use proven strategies that Ivy Bound has been developing and tweaking for over 20 years.

2. Clients have a choice. We have over 50 active tutors, and several methods of instruction. If you choose a private tutor, you control where / how the tutoring occurs, number of hours / pace. Students also have input on what materials used. We offer efficient,, and informative instruction. We pride ourselves on flexibility and accommodation. Each student is different. Learn the way YOU need to.

3. Our commitment. Many students need a motivational push; many other students have the motivation but need the organization to get studying done effectively. Ivy Bound's personnel help with both. Our founder conferences with parents and students each month, and each family gets an advisor who keeps in contact to ensure we are doing everything we can to help each student meet their goals. Outside of communication, we do offer money back if students do not meet their goals.

4. Our success. Ivy Bound has been assisting students for over two decades, and we have several instructors who have been teaching for nearly 40 years! On average, our students see a 100-150 point increase on their test(s), and our academic clients ALWAYS see their grades improve.


75 employees
23 years in business
Serves Bethesda , MD
Offers online services

Payment methods

Credit Card, Check

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Grade level

Pre-kindergarten, Elementary school, Middle school, High school, College / graduate school, Adult learner

Type of math

General arithmetic, Pre-algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, Calculus, Statistics

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  • Reviews

    0 reviews


    Laurel K.

    My son increased his SAT score by 270 points (1600 scale)… it was the best investment Ive
    made for my son. Your course allowed my son to seek out higher caliber colleges than he would have been able to had he not attended Ivy Bound. I recommend Ivy Bound to anyone looking to
    maximizing their SAT scores.
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    July 11, 2021


    Lisa O.

    First Id like to thank them for the work their tutors did with Lauryn. She was accepted to 8 out of 9 of the schools she applied to, was given scholarship money at 7 out of 8 that she was accepted to, and has decided to attend Villanova. Shes been given a full academic scholarship for 4 years. I know none of this would have happened without the SAT scores she achieved Ive heard too many heartbreaking stories recently of top students who did not get into the schools of their choice - there is no doubt in my mind it was due to their SAT scores not being what they could have been. THANK YOU!”
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    July 11, 2021

    Frequently asked questions

    Once we have assessed what type of help you need / your preferences, we will begin to compile a list of tutors for you to choose from. that fit your requirements. All clients have the option to 'interview' prospective tutors. Once you have made your choice, we send over an enrollment agreement. Once this document is e-signed and returned, you can begin to schedule sessions. 

    We find there is no formal education that directly help with tutoring technique. The best tutors are naturally enthusiastic about helping others, naturally have empathy for others, and naturally have a creativity to help untangle difficult concepts. None of this is learned in school. A few aspects our founder works at are; developing clarity, learning from others stumbles, and applying feedback. These too do not come from formal education. As far as academic related qualifications, our tutors have scored very highly, and are required to re-test every other year to ensure they can still assist at the highest level. All tutors must excel in whatever subject they are teaching. These tutors range from brilliant college students to college professors. 

    Our private tutors start at $39/hr, and our SAT/ACT classes are $1,150. The class price includes both material and instruction. We recommend 25-30 hours for SAT, and 30-40 hours for ACT. When it comes to academic prep, the length of recommended instruction varies.  On our website you do have the option to pre-pay for a set number of hours. However, this is only an option and NOT mandatory. 

    Ivy Bound has many tutors. Our founder, Mark Greenstein, got his start tutoring 1st generation college students in South Central Los Angeles. Each tutor is unique, and we let you pick the one you want. During our process, we send over bios of each tutor so you can make an informed, and comfortable decision. 

    From our founder: Oh my. I've been at this for 35 years. So, the better question is what "types" have I NOT worked with?. I don't even like the term "type" with any human characteristic. That's especially true in education - there are spectrums of diligent, of talented, of knowledgeable, of creative, of interested. Point is, each student is different, and our instructors have worked with all types. 

    A young woman improved over 200 points, and she is attending Harvard in the fall. We are all very proud!

    Find a tutor you're comfortable with. Whether personally, or academically. 

    Do not think, just ask. No student should have to cogitate long and hard just to pose a question. They are YOUR tutor. Our tutors are highly adaptive, and compassionate. Your needs are being taken into account from the moment you reach out. 

    Services offered

    College Admissions
    Reading And Writing Tutoring
    Test Prep Tutoring