When summer school emails from Issaquah and Lake Washington school districts started – it reminded me that Academy families have the luxury of “anytime school” – whether that includes summer school options or school-year opportunities with rolling admission.
Summer offerings at Pacific Learning Academy allow students to excel at academics AND have plenty of time for family fun time. School-year courses can be scheduled around sports seasons, after-school jobs, or other activities.
Customizing your child’s education at Pacific Learning Academy means a customized curriculum, schedule, and 100% guarantee you like your tutor. We are NOT an online school. All courses are taught by a designated Academy instructor chosen especially for your student and their needs.
If you are considering “Anytime School” for your student, here are 10 advantages of taking a class through Pacific Learning Academy:
- Customized or Mirrored Curriculum: Many students take a single course through the Academy and plan to return to their district for the next level up, while others may choose to earn credits in all core courses. Either way, your child’s Academy instructor will personalize and individualize your credit course or tutoring program, allowing students to test out of concepts they already know and going in-depth with concepts that are brand new. We are able to mirror the instructional materials of your student’s home district, or put together a highly-customized learning plan with your student’s future goals in mind.
- Duration of Credit Course: District credits take 45 hours (during the summer) or 90 hours (during the school year) to earn just a semester credit. In that same time frame, Academy students will tackle twice the content and twice the credit. How is that possible? We work with students 1-on-1 and customize every class and every lesson to fit our student’s past experience and future goals. Students have our our full attention, and we have theirs!
- Schedules and Location: The Academy meets your student when and where it makes sense for your family. From your kitchen table to our school office, Zoom or the local library, we’re ready to literally “meet our students where they’re at.” Not a morning person? Schedule your summer lessons later in the day. Have a trip with the family planned? We can work around your vacations! Play intense sports this season? We can pause or rearrange your schedule so your student can have it all. Your student will never miss out on learning or fear falling behind because of a missed day.
- GPA Protection: Does your student have trouble with testing or turning in homework? Academy assessments are designed to help your student know exactly where they stand, and every quiz or test grade may be improved by proving mastery of the concept. Grades are based on proven understanding, not on “behavior,” such as late homework, which is often a GPA-killer for those with ADHD or poor executive functioning. Your student’s final GPA is their (and your) choice and based on their desire and willingness to keep learning to the level of mastery you decide on as a family.
- Credit Recovery and Grade Improvement: Colleges love to see students retake a class for improved understanding. Whether your student needs the credit for graduation (credit recovery), wants to boost their original grade (improvement), or would like to fit in a class that is above and beyond requirements, the Academy can help! Because Pacific Learning Academy is performance-based, your student can move through the curriculum at their own pace, which is typically 45 hours for an entire year’s credit, or as few as 30 hours if a student has seen the material before. Your school district will acknowledge your credit, and colleges also acknowledge the grade you earn through our accredited programs. Students who choose to graduate from the Academy, like these superstars, may also consolidate and transfer their credits earned elsewhere for an Academy diploma
- Jump a Year: Students wanting to jump ahead can take a course over the summer to improve their transcript and prepare for the next level, either with the Academy or back in their school of record. Taking Geometry over the summer allows a student to join Algebra 2 in the fall, for example. During the school year, many students are able to complete two years. A senior with two years of world language to make up, for example, can take Japanese 1 in the fall and Japanese 2 in the spring (a lot like college!).
- Ending Strong – Advanced Courses: Is your student worried about taking a higher-level course? Maybe last year felt a bit shaky or the pandemic left your student behind? The Academy’s 1-on-1 format is perfect for students eager to close the gap and spring forward. We can review material from the previous year as the student earns credits in courses such as Spanish 3, Calculus, English 12, or electives. It might be the last time your student takes a course at this level and we want to make sure it’s the experience of a lifetime!
- Sky’s the Limit! District summer school is limited to basic graduation requirements (Algebra, English 9, Spanish 1, Biology, etc..). Summer School at the Academy can be ANY course you’d like to take. French 3, Art History, Pre-Calculus, Creative Writing. All of these are possible at the Academy. During the school year, the Academy offers all core classes and customized electives based on instructor expertise and student interest.
- 100% Guarantee Your Student Likes Their Tutor: The magic of 1-on-1 education isn’t really magic at all. It happens when the Academy chooses the right instructor for your student, knowing that this caring and knowledgeable adult will develop rapport with your student and encourage them to the very end of the class. Our dedicated Academic Coordinators provide another layer of support, closely monitoring your student’s progress and available to talk with parents at any point in their child’s program.
- Low Stress and High Achievement: Speaking of instructor-student rapport, that relationship leads to a positive and supportive environment where students feel safe to collaborate with their instructors. Whereas a classroom can stifle participation for some students, 1-on-1 lessons require it! Students can make mistakes, take risks, and celebrate education victories with a professional instructor whose aim is to mentor their student to mastery and self-advocacy.
Anywhere, Anytime School in Issaquah and Sammamish, via Zoom, or at our school office is one of the single-best ways to spend 45 hours of a student’s time. From math tutoring in Issaquah, Japanese credit classes via Zoom, or SAT/ACT test prep at our Sammamish school office, our aim is to help students find joy in learning again and prepare them to shine at the next level. Academic options in a 1-on-1 format are almost limitless. Find us on the Let’s Talk page, or call our Academy office anytime, to learn more about tutoring, SAT/ACT prep, or our accredited middle and high school year-round (and summer) programs!
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…).