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March 5, 2021

Learning With Your Senses

What does it take to REALLY learn?

What does it take to REALLY learn? Have you ever been asked what your learning style is? Are you a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner? Plenty of pop quizzes on the internet will let you know where your preferences may be, and we’ve been using a 7-style inventory quiz (based… Read more

September 1, 2020

Remote-Plus Learning

Remote Learning

Education by Design during the Pandemic Ready or not, families and schools across the country suddenly have found themselves trying to figure out “school” in a time when getting together puts students and teachers at risk. Even after the chaos of the spring of ’20, many educators are still scratching… Read more

May 29, 2020

Remote Learning Challenges

Remote Learning

Transitioning to Remote Learning This year, many students and their families have lost the ability to choose how they would like their education structured. Instead, most students are required to attend remotely, in virtual classrooms with other online students, whether or not the environment suits their learning needs. Districts, schools,… Read more

February 25, 2020

Preparing for Coronavirus Outbreaks

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visits the King County Health and Medical Area Command on Jan. 29, 2020. (Erin Murphy/Public Health – Seattle & King County)

As the reach of the Coronavirus outbreak spreads, communities are beginning to grapple with how to best respond to the virus and the respiratory illness it causes. COVID-19 is a new disease (identified in humans as of December ’19), and we are learning more about it every day. Patients with… Read more

January 27, 2020

Credit Classes: A Game Changer

When a student struggles, or even fails a school subject, the stress is felt for everyone in the family. Missing homework, a sports injury, trouble focusing, the flu during a crucial week…. All of these can result in low grades or even losing credit all together. The challenge is how… Read more

August 11, 2019

Dorm Room Essentials

My dorm room never looked like that!

Space-Savers and Comfort Items for Every Dorm Room While Pinterest and Instagram will give you tons of ideas to fill your (very small) dorm room, beware the trap of being over-prepared and over-packed. Leave the inspirational quotes and framed photos at home and think about what you would take if… Read more

July 28, 2019

Celebrating Our 2019 Graduates!

Happy Graduation, Jihae!

Pictured: Head of School, Kirsten O’Malley, English teacher, Susan Dix, Yeunsoo, Jihae (2019 graduate) and Edward Choi, History teacher, Dr. JD Wyneken A day to celebrate – proud of our 2019 graduates! One of the yearly highlights at Pacific Learning Academy is our Graduation Day, which is a truly unique… Read more

June 16, 2019

Academy supports After-School Homework Labs program

Pictured (left to right): Erica Fewel (ISF Board Chair), Kirsten O’Malley (PLA Executive Director and ISF trustee), Cornell Atwater (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 that every… Read more

April 22, 2019

Word of Mouth: Personal Referrals Make All the Difference

Heard it from a friend? Thank you for your referrals!

How did we help you? ABOUT HALF OF OUR STUDENTS COME FROM WORD-OF-MOUTH REFERRALS AND WE LOVE TO SAY THANK YOU! Choosing the right fit for tutoring or 1-on-1 high school credit courses can be overwhelming. When a friend you trust tells you about their experience, you know you’re taking… Read more

January 18, 2019

Building on Success – a Historian Looks Forward

Dr. JD Wyneken, Educational Development Director

Introducing Educational Development Director, JD Wyneken Dr. JD Wyneken, Pacific Learning Academy’s Education Development Director, is a talker – a talker about history, education, philosophy, airplanes, the fine art and science of baseball, you name it. As he likes to put it, “so much of life is about conversation and… Read more

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