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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

October 30, 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

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

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