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August 8, 2018

Celebrating Our 2018 Academy Graduates

Pictured: 2018 Pacific Learning Academy Graduates from left to right, Sophie Truax, Ric Beuchat, Nick O’Donnell and PLA Founder, Kirsten O’Malley. We’re so proud of our 2018 graduates! Graduates, their family, and friends joined Academy staff to celebrate their accomplishments. On June 14, Pacific Learning Academy honored 3 graduates at a… Read more

July 23, 2018

The Garage, a new teen café coming to Issaquah!

Pacific Learning Academy proudly supports “The Garage,” a new teen café coming to Issaquah. Imagine a place, off the high school campus and down the road, created especially and only for our local teens. From vision to creation, the driving force for this unique locale is Kaylee Jaech. Kaylee is… Read more

June 9, 2018

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

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