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April 12, 2018

Getting Over the Agony of Defeat: College Rejection Letters

Wondering how to help your child get over a college rejection? Wondering why your child got one in the first place? Rejections don’t feel good. That’s the plain truth. But a rejection has often been the motivator or inspiration for many a successful career trajectory. Students who are told “no,… Read more

April 6, 2018

Academy graduate receives scholarship

Pacific Learning Academy graduate receives Lillian Disney Scholarship to CalArts. Jones opted to take advantage of the Academy’s remote study option to be able to complete his math course and participate in the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival over the summer. James Jones, a Pacific Learning Academy graduate, was recently awarded… Read more

February 14, 2018

Latte, please!

Local high school teachers treated to on-site, hand-delivered coffee drinks. Pacific Learning Academy hosted a coffee cart at Skyline High School to thank the teachers and staff for all that they do. As a former classroom teacher (Alaska, Vermont, Japan, Mexico, and Argentina), the Academy’s owner, Kirsten O’Malley, knows how hard … Read more

January 28, 2018

Thankful for referrals!

How did you hear about us? ABOUT HALF OF OUR REFERRALS COME FROM CURRENT CLIENTS AND WE LOVE TO SAY THANK YOU! 90% of Pacific Learning Academy families came to us via a friend, school, or neighbor. With our Quarterly Referral Drawing, we give an extra thank you to a winning… Read more

September 6, 2017

New offices in Sammamish

Celebrating a move to a new space in Sammamish Pacific Learning Academy’s new Sammamish location offers local 1:1 educational services to middle and high school students Pacific Learning Academy, a one-to-one accredited private school and in-home tutoring service, celebrated the move to a new office at the Pine Lake Professional… Read more

August 1, 2017

Honoring a PLA Graduate

Pictured: Kathryn with her parents along with two of the instructors she worked with (JD and Rechelle) and PLA Founder, Kirsten O’Malley. Former EC student overcomes hardship to graduate on-time at Pacific Learning Academy Due to a health related situation, Kathryn opted to meet her high school graduation requirements 1-on-1. Kathryn… Read more

July 17, 2017

A Teen’s Guide to Getting Things Done

A Teen’s Guide to Getting Things Done

How often do you finish your day thinking “I finished all my work and now I just don’t have a thing to do!”? These days, it’s rare for even the most organized among us to fully complete that to-do list, so imagine how difficult it is for those with attention… Read more

July 6, 2017

Why so many textbooks on our shelves?

The Academy is currently working with students in 4 school districts, 7 private schools and homeschoolers. The materials we use with a student are decided by where they’ve been, and also where they are going. With extensive knowledge of the local schools and curriculum, Pacific Learning Academy not only matches… Read more

June 6, 2017

Supporting the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Pictured (left to right): Matt Coyne (ISF Board Chair), Kirsten O’Malley (PLA Executive Director and ISF trustee), Liz Swanson (ISF Executive Director) Pacific Learning Academy supports the Issaquah Schools Foundation After-School Homework Labs program. After-School Homework Labs give every middle and high school student access to help. Did you know… Read more

February 27, 2017

Millenials in the Workplace

Millenials in the workplace. Low self-esteem? Simon Sinek discusses 4 factors that contribute to “the Millenial problem” and asks us to focus on the patience needed to be happy and fulfilled. An adulting truth: no one has it figured out. The Millenial generation has it even harder! Typically, as we… Read more

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