Eagle County-based company Sage Tutoring acquires local Club Z! franchise
VAIL — Sage Tutoring, which has served Summit and Eagle counties since 2009, has expanded its operations by acquiring Club Z! Tutoring.
Sage, which is owned and operated by local resident Carla Cammarata, is planning to fully transition to Club Z! over time, but promises immediate benefits for local families, including expanded ACT and SAT test offerings, more versatile home schooling options and enrichment programs.
Cammarata has worked in education for more than a decade. Shortly after moving to Summit County in 2008, Cammarata began working as a tutor for Club Z!. While there, she taught her first home school student and quickly became bored with traditional assignments. She learned to code along with her student, arranged backcountry explorations, and worked with him on a business plan to teach English and math.
“I quickly realized I had created a different kind of educational experience,” Cammarata said. “I wanted to take that message to as many students as I could.”
A year later, she founded Sage Tutoring. Sage has served hundreds of local students, with an emphasis on 21st century learning.
“We have always embraced project-based learning, design-thinking and collaboration,” Cammarata said. “However, access to customizable online content, on-demand tutoring and self-paced courses are areas where we haven’t kept up with the pace of technology in education.”
Club Z! Tutoring is part of a national franchise system, which has been in operation for more than 20 years. With Sage’s purchase of Club Z!, Cammarata will have the support of a successful, national corporation.
“Scaling up will allow us to increase our community outreach programs,” Cammarata said. “We partner with organizations to provide free and at-cost ACT and SAT prep to students for whom tutoring would present financial hardship.”
Since 2010, Sage has awarded close to $20,000 in scholarships to students in need. The company hopes to further this mission by extending its outreach to include elementary and middle school English language learning support in order to help students develop a strong academic base.