One man’s passion inspires an institution with a difference…

Our Vision

At Collins Centre for Academic Progress (CCAP), an environment that embodies the best in education will be provided, and students will receive first class tuition and guidance that is geared towards helping them maximize their academic potential and become responsible moral citizens.

Our Mission

Based on our belief that all normal human beings have the capacity to learn, the Collins Centre for Academic Progress is committed to providing excellent opportunities, in an environment that is comfortable and inspiring for individuals at any stage in their lives to improve their academic standing.

The Story

The Collins Centre for Academic Progress grew out of one man’s passion for Mathematics and his burning desire to help students excel at the subject.  Back in 1992, Albert Michael Collins started teaching Mathematics to two of his friends’ children on his front patio.  His enthusiasm and clear explanations inspired these first two students to try harder at this subject which they dreaded and were failing.  Soon, their failing grades were transformed to decent scores and outstanding performance in Mathematics.  Their proud parents started to extol the abilities of this recent migrant from Guyana and, before long, other parents wanting their children to experience similar success contacted him.  In a few short months, the patio was too small to hold the eager learners and the Mathematics class was moved to one of the two bedrooms in his rented house on Alfred Peters Street.

Mr Collins started to teach students at every secondary level but took particular joy in preparing students for the CSEC and GCE A’level examinations.  The classes were still more of a hobby than a business to him but that changed in 1996 when he decided that the demand for his expertise had outgrown the room in his house and he needed to find a place to conduct his classes.  He was able to rent a property just a stone throw away from where he lived right in Alfred Peter’s Street and together with his wife, Desryn and a friend, Bernard Ross started what was casually referred to as Collins lesson.  They offered three subjects – Mathematics, English and Physics.

Many past students who are now among the higher professional echelons in Antigua will recall the passion with which Mr Collins taught them Mathematics.  They would wistfully recall, too the inspiration they received to love a subject they formerly dreaded.  Their parents were often amazed at the transformation in their children’s attitude to Mathematics and without any prompting, provided testimonials of Mr Collins’ ability.  The word spread and the classes grew.

Recognizing a need to provide an avenue for individuals to continue their academic journey in their post-secondary years and a greater need to help students who could benefit from extra support in several subjects, Mr Collins and his wife decided to expand their curriculum.  They invited teachers of other subject areas to join the small team and a bustling after-school tutoring centre was born.  Over the next few years, the subject offerings expanded to the extent that the accommodation in Alfred Peters Street was inadequate.  Furthermore, the building no longer matched their vision for the kind of environment they wanted to offer the learners.

In 2007, the Collins Centre for Academic Progress (CCAP) opened its doors on Bishopgate Street with a mission to  provide excellent opportunities, in an environment that is comfortable and inspiring, for individuals, at any stage in their lives, to improve their academic standing.  The vision of the management team of this august institution is that at CCAP (Pronounced ‘Seecap’), an environment that embodies the best in education will be provided, and students will receive first class tuition and guidance that is geared towards helping them to maximize their academic potential and become responsible, moral citizens. 

Both the mission and vision are immediately evident upon approaching the institution and once you enter the distinctive green building, you are bound to sense that a high standard of teaching and learning takes place there.  The subject offerings are as wide as most school curriculum and the hours are flexible.  The tutors are a team of highly qualified, passionate teachers who are determined to help students succeed.  It is no exaggeration that the Collins Centre for Academic Progress is unmatched among after-school tutoring institutions in Antigua and Barbuda.   Ask any past student, or their parent for their opinion and undoubtedly, they will agree that everybody learns there.