Dallas SAT Prep Directors

About the Group

Our Vision

To create a best-in-class resource for highly motivated test takers who settle for nothing short of excellence

Waterton is a company built on human capital. Our directors and instructors constantly hone our processes and tools to provide an unmatched learning experience to all of our students.

We command higher score increases from our students because our tutors are some of the most experienced one-on-one tutors in Dallas. More experience means that tutors do not rely on tricks and tips to teach students how to beat the test; rather, our tutors are so seasoned that our students begin to think like the test makers. We also typically advise completion of several official practice tests.

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Executive Director

James Denke, Dallas SAT Tutor, Waterton Group Founder

James Denke
Fordham University

James is the founder of The Waterton Group. After scoring in the top 2% of test takers on the SAT® and a perfect 800 on the math portion, James began teaching the SAT® and ACT in 1998. He was part of a team that helped build the Distance Learning department of the Princeton Review and the principal SAT® and ACT tutor for the lower Manhattan office through 2004. He then moved to build a financial training department for a boutique Wall Street brokerage firm from 2004-2005.

Since 2005, James has been instructing students from some of the most affluent and well respected families in both New York City and Beverly Hills. Upon returning to his home town of Dallas, James launched The Waterton Group in early 2009 to spread his skills and experience to families in the Dallas/Forth Worth area. James holds a bachelors degree in economics from New York’s Fordham University.


Victoria Hughes, Waterton Group

Victoria J. Hughes
Southwestern University

Victoria joined The Waterton Group in 2015. In addition to managing daily operations, she oversees our team of Expert Instructors, coordinates proctored exams, and communicates regularly with clients to ensure that our students’ experiences are as effective and customized as possible.

Before entering the field of test prep, Victoria served as an associate at her alma mater's Office of Career Services, helping both students and alumni to navigate the job market and graduate school admissions, and as a Teaching Assistant specializing in research design and scientific writing. She benefits from nearly a decade’s experience in management and customer service and holds a bachelors degree in Psychology from Southwestern University.

Client Coordinator

Brittany Williams, Waterton Group

Brittany Williams
Prairie View A&M University

Brittany joined The Waterton Group in 2016 and holds a bachelors degree in Mass Communications and Marketing from Prairie View A&M University. Having graduated high school early, she decided to turn her passion for education into a career. Over the past 10 years, she has held several roles both inside and outside of the classroom, serving as Lead Teacher at Rosewood Academy and as a teaching assistant and Director of After School Programs at Metro Academy. As Client Coordinator, Brittany serves as a resource for clients from their initial phone call to their final test date.

Your Future

Test scores fall second only to grade point average (GPA) as a factor in college admission, yet most students only spend 20-40 hours preparing for the tests. The Waterton Group believes that students should strive for the highest possible point increase and feels that with the proper guidance, the right tutor, and a lot of practice, this is possible. For Dallas area students who want to increase their test scores, the options are limited. Read more below to find out more about our method.

Our Method

All test prep firms are not created equal. Almost every well-known test prep firm in Dallas is a franchise or a national corporation. These firms have been scaled to maximize profit margins which typically results in low paid and inexperienced tutors, standardized material, and overflowing classrooms. Although students see some benefit from these programs, the same students' test scores would increase significantly with a customized approach and a more experienced instructor. Unfortunately, customized lesson plans and one-on-one tutoring were scarce in Dallas before Waterton arrived.

Experienced and Effective

Instead of being satisfied with mediocre point increases, The Waterton Group strives to help every student achieve his or her highest possible score. Students in our program thrive because we do not cut corners. Waterton offers the most elite approach to test prep in the Dallas area.

Working with Waterton was absolutely the best decision for my SAT® prep.

Lily M  |  Greenhill Student

I would leave every tutoring session feeling more knowledgeable and confident in my ability to conquer the GMAT.

Neth W  |  Dallas, TX

$1,200 for private tutoring saved my family $40,000. Thanks again!

Lauren B.  |  Parent, John Paul II

I still can't believe Ashley turned my 148 LSAT into a perfect 180.

Matthew P.  |  Stanford JD/MBA Candidate