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

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

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

July 6, 2017

Why so many textbooks on our shelves?

The Academy is currently working with students in 4 school districts, 7 private schools and homeschoolers. The materials we use with a student are decided by where they’ve been, and also where they are going. With extensive knowledge of the local schools and curriculum, Pacific Learning Academy not only matches… Read more

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

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 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

May 25, 2016

Supporting the Issaquah Schools Foundation

We can all make a difference in the lives of local students. Congratulations to the Issaquah Schools Foundation for raising over $735,000 through their fundraising efforts at the Nourish Every Mind Breakfast and Luncheon events. Kirsten O’Malley, Executive Director of Pacific Learning Academy, was offered the opportunity to speak at… 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

Friends of Youth
December 9, 2015

Proudly Supporting Friends of Youth Programs

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

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