February 20, 2016

TED talks that will get you and your child talking

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). Watching TED talks with your family can be a great way to discuss and connect.  There seems to be a TED talk for nearly every subject, but where to begin? … Read more

February 8, 2016

Bell Times – Later Start Times on the Horizon

A decrease of teenage traffic accidents by 25%? An increase in SAT Verbal scores by 156 points? What could possibly have led to those successes in schools across the country? Both of these statistics are attributed to later bell times in the schools where these students were served. Kids these… Read more

February 2, 2016

Final Exam Group Study – a Success!

Put on your thinking cap!

Thank you to all that joined us for our MLK Jr Final Exam Group Study! Back when I was a student, end-of-semester finals exams felt like the high jump — out of reach and stressful! Parents know that studying for finals should actually start as soon as the new semester… Read more

January 19, 2016

Thankful for referrals from our PLA families

How did you hear about us? 90% of Pacific Learning Academy families came to us via a friend, school, or neighbor. About half of our referrals come from current clients and we love to say Thank You! With our Quarterly Referral Drawing, we give an extra thank you to a winning… Read more

December 15, 2015

New SAT/ACT Comparison Diagnostic Exam to be offered in Summer 2016

We’ve been inundated with questions about the new SAT! As many of you know, the SAT is going through some big changes beginning with the March 2016 exam (see our previous blog post for a discussion on some of the alterations). The College Board has let it be known that this first… Read more

December 9, 2015

Proudly Supporting Friends of Youth Programs

Friends of Youth

Local non-profit, Friends of Youth, hosted a Rise & Thrive breakfast on Wednesday, December 2 to raise funds to increase mental health and substance abuse counseling in the Issaquah School District.  Pacific Learning Academy was proud to be a sponsor for this event. Pacific Learning Academy is teacher-owned and a wholly… Read more

November 5, 2015

Newly designed SAT/ACT Diagnostic Exam now available

The new SAT is right around the corner! The College Board is implementing many changes to the exam starting in March of 2016. If your child is planning on taking either the SAT or the ACT after this date, now is a good time to start thinking about preparation. Our… Read more

October 3, 2015

Proudly Supporting the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Supporting the Issaquah Schools Foundation

Pacific Learning Academy proudly supports the Issaquah Schools Foundation “All in for Kids” campaign Pacific Learning Academy is teacher-owned and a wholly local educational service passionate about supporting non-profit organizations that are aligned with our educational and philanthropic philosophy of giving parents more choices and opening up more doors to… Read more

October 1, 2015

Pacific Learning Academy Hires New Assistant Director

New Assistant Director John Minnick

Pacific Learning Academy proudly announces the hiring of Assistant Director, Jon Minnick. Jon will be providing support to Pacific Learning Academy staff and instructors in order to create an exceptional experience for all Academy families. As an educator and University of Washington graduate (BA in Philosophy), Jon also has a… Read more

September 23, 2015

Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Does My Child Need a Tutor?

Does My Child Need a Tutor? 8 Things to Consider, From Credentials to Teaching Style Kirsten O’Malley discusses when a tutor is needed and how to find the right tutor for your child in local blog Pacific Learning Academy’s Founder and Executive Director, Kirsten O’Malley, was a recent contributor to… Read more

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