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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

January 4, 2017

New Member of the PLA Team

Welcome to the newest member of the PLA team! Pacific Learning Academy welcomes Lois Bauer as Academic Coordinator. Pacific Learning Academy proudly announces the hiring of Academic Coordinator, Lois Bauer. Lois will be working with Director, Mosby Cogswell, and the PLA team to provide additional support to Pacific Learning Academy… Read more

November 17, 2016

Study Strategies For All Ages

Active Study Strategies – More than Just Reviewing Passive study is the #1 way most students study and also the #1 way to waste your time. “Mom, I STUDIED! I read the chapter and looked at my notes. I don’t know why I didn’t get an A.” Passive study is… Read more

September 25, 2016

Coffee, anyone?

Local high school teachers treated to hand delivered coffee drinks. Pacific Learning Academy hosted a coffee cart at Issaquah High School to thank the teachers and staff for all that they do. As a former classroom teacher (Alaska, Vermont, Japan, Mexico, and Argentina), PLA owner Kirsten knows how intense the first… Read more

August 28, 2016

PLA Offers Flexible Learning Option

High school student completes a geometry course via remote study. Flexible learning can occur anywhere, anyhow, anyway. This PLA student accessed his education from two states and another country. Pacific Learning Academy prides itself on meeting a student’s needs, whether it is working around busy schedules or meeting at a specific location…. Read more

August 18, 2016

Preparing for Middle School

Essential skills for success in middle school Middle school can be a big adjustment for many students and both students and parents can be left feeling overwhelmed by the changes – increased homework time, multiple teachers and classes, and higher expectations. It can be difficult for parents to know what… Read more

July 8, 2016

The Power of Reading

Creating Readers One of the greatest skills a child can develop early, which will carry over throughout their educational careers, is the skill of being a strong reader. Since education truly does begin in the home, there are a number of steps parents can take to start their child on… Read more

June 30, 2016

Honoring a PLA Graduate

Pictured: Miranda with her parents along with the three instructors she worked with (Justin, Susan and Cynthia) and PLA Founder, Kirsten O’Malley. PNB ballerina gracefully balances the demands of dance and school In an attempt to balance her passion for dance and school, Miranda opted to complete credit courses from Pacific Learning Academy to meet… Read more

June 9, 2016

Avoiding Summer “Brain Drain”

Summer vacation is almost here, and with the sun and rest comes the inevitable “brain drain.” “Brain drain” is the belief that over the summer break students stop learning and even lose some of what they’ve learned during the school year. In the United States, the school year is about… Read more

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