Passion. Diligence. Experience.


We founded Clayton Prep as veteran tutors and educators to provide the highest quality in personalized private tutoring. We believe that each person's education is a unique journey. Along the way there are bound to be obstacles: important admissions tests, daunting papers or projects, classes that seem to make no sense.

That's where we come in. We strive to help each of our students overcome whatever obstacle stands in the way. Whatever the circumstances, we help our students take their learning to the next level. We offer expert and personalized support in Math, Humanities, ACT/SAT, ISEE and SHSAT, and admissions consulting.

Interestingly, obstacles themselves can be important learning experiences. Confronting a challenge requires important life-skills: problem-solving, discipline, communication and courage. As our students improve their academic performance, they very often increase in confidence. Our goal is always to impart to our students the skills and knowledge they need to succeed on their own, lessons they can carry with them throughout their academic careers.


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We at Clayton Prep know that finding the right tutor is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Lead Tutor

James McDowell

James McDowell is a New York City-based veteran tutor and educator. He has worked as a private tutor and teacher at the Princeton Review, Success Academy, and is currently one of NYC's most in-demand private tutors.

A native New Yorker, James graduated from Stuyvesant High School and holds a B.A. in English from Haverford College. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

James approaches each student as a unique learner, tailoring his approach to meet the needs of each student. James' students consistently achieve great results, and they frequently discover a new love of learning in the process.



Haverford College
B.A. English, German minor


Qualifications & Affiliations

• Phi Beta Kappa
• Stuyvesant High School, Class of 2006



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Science Tutor

Benny Spott

Benny Spott studied biotechnology at Kent State University, where he graduated cum laude. He went on to earn a Master of Engineering degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where he researched algal biofuel. After working in the pharmaceutical industry, he decided to focus on tutoring and teaching. Benny is currently an adjunct professor of chemistry at F.I.T

Benny's strength as a tutor lies in connecting with students while simplifying difficult concepts. He tutors geometry, algebra, all levels of Biology and Chemistry, and for all sections of the SHSAT, ISEE, and SSAT.






Kent State University                        BS, Biotechnology     

Washington University                  Master of Engineering

Qualifications & Affiliations

  • Kent State University, Cum Laude Class of 2010
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry