Credit Classes: A Game Changer

When a student struggles, or even fails a school subject, the stress is felt for everyone in the family.

[Students wishing to take a class at the Academy should consult their school’s counseling office for information on drop deadlines and permission to take an outside credit]

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 to start turning things around so your child gains traction again.

Because most of us didn’t grow up with the same option, many parents are (pleasantly) surprised to learn about our unique solution: taking a class one-on-one with a qualified, degreed, and personable private instructor.

Credit recovery for a low-grade or failed first semester is where most families start at this time of year. They look for summer options before realizing their child can start anytime to recover, retake, or take any class for the first time.

Academy teachers quickly and efficiently move students through material they already know while paying special attention to what was missed.

Full of confidence after tackling their most-dreaded subject, most students choose to continue the year with a 2nd semester with their private instructor, enjoying the opportunity to have a class that both fulfills high school requirements and plays to their strengths, interests, and learning style.

The Academy offers such classes in every core subject as well as a number of special elective courses (sometimes designed with input from the students themselves).

The real benefit is that your student could take an entire year’s class with us in less than 55 hours, replacing that first semester grade with one that reflects your student’s learning and mastery, followed by a second semester that would build on that success and lead to an overall higher grade in the course.

Academy courses are accredited and appear on our official transcript. You can share those transcripts both with colleges as well as the student’s school of record to count toward graduation requirements.

Your student’s instructor ensures that learning is deep, content is covered, and students are ready for the next level.

Instructors also help your student find new ways to learn subjects, regain self-confidence, become better self-starters, and advocate for themselves and their preferred ways to learn. For students coming off of sports injuries and health issues, or facing learning difficulties, instructors are trained to adjust to the realities of fatigue, stress, and difficulty with focus or follow-through. Each class is tailored to your child’s needs and learning styles, all while keeping the focus on mastering the content and improving the executive functioning skills we all need in life.

  • Students who being a class in September and see us twice a week will likely finish their course the first week of March.
  • Students who start as late as March, and meet with their Academy instructor three times a week may be able to finish a full year’s course by the end of the semester (avoiding summer school and setting the stage for better options in the fall). 

In an educational landscape so lacking in options, the Academy’s one-on-one courses (in your home, library, or our Sammamish school office) solve the age-old question of “What do we do about this class?”

Hundreds of Academy students have earned high school credit with us, turning stress into success, short-term struggles into long-term achievement, and academic question marks into university entrance. We come to you and teach at your Sammamish kitchen table, meet at a nearby library, or meet via Zoom sessions for our distance learners. All are welcome!

Learn more and hear from Academy families and then Let us know when you’re ready to talk about solutions!


Pacific Learning Academy is a one-on-one school offering single courses and dual enrollment, as well as full-time middle and high school. Pacific Learning Academy is Washington State Approved via the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI — see listings HERE) and a nationally Accredited private school via Cognia/AdvancED/Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). High School coursework is approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). We also offer tutoring in all subjects from 6th to 12th grade, including test prep, either in-home or local libraries across the Eastside (Issaquah, Sammamish, etc…).

January 27, 2020
Pacific Learning Academy