About Us

Strong scholars, high scores, and great schools: academic achievement is our passion. As educators, parents and administrators, we are committed to fostering the love of learning, exceeding expectations and delivering success.

Academic Achievers offers one-on-one, in-home tutoring, as well as in our Santa Monica facility, for pre-K through college applications.  We are also a verified homeschool. Our educational agency specializes in providing accomplished, highly qualified and experienced, Master level tutors to provide individualized instruction. All Academic Achievers tutors must have a track record of improving student scores.

Founded by a former teacher with three high-achieving children, our company knows that the secret to extraordinary tutoring is the quality of our tutors. Your child will work with a tutor who has extraordinary communication skills, an advanced educational background and a profound love of teaching.

We are devoted to engaging all of our students. Our tutors will create a customized tutoring program for your child, track your child’s progress, motivate your child to break through barriers, and will maintain strong communication with you every step of the way. We cherish the size of our small company; it allows us to get to know all of our clients personally.

Join the Academic Achievers family.  Whether your child needs KinderPrep, elementary, middle school, high school tutoring, or SAT, ACT, and ISEE Test Prep, we're here to help. Academic Achievers has proudly taken its place as one of the top educational services agencies in Los Angeles.  We welcome the opportunity to guide your child toward great accomplishments in the classroom, on standardized tests, and in life.

Academic Achievers was honored to receive the "Best Tutoring LA Award" 2014 and 2013,  "2013 California Excellence in Education Award" by the US Commerce and Trade Institute, "Best Test Prep Tutors in Los Angeles 2013" by CBS Local , "Best Test Prep Orange County" by CBS Local, and "Best Small Business Success Story " LA 2012 by the SBA.

We also give back to the community by donating several LAUSD test prep scholarships and have tutored Verbum Dei High School students.

Academic Achievers has offices in Santa Monica, CA, and Irvine, CA.

Our Staff

Janis W. Adams, CEO/Founder

Pennsylvania State University, BA, BS, Secondary Education
UCLA, California Clear Teaching Credential
IECA member

Janis is passionate about education and has taught private as well as public high school in both Pennsylvania and California.  As an educator, Janis has designed curriculum with cooperative learning and collaboration, differentiated instruction, and has team-taught several innovative cross-disciplinary courses.  She designed and implemented the first paperless classroom in California. She believes we are life-long learners and all children should learn to love learning. Janis has raised two sons and a daughter who have attended Harvard-Westlake, Loyola High School, UCLA, Harvard University, Cal Berkeley, Harvard Kennedy School, and USD School of Law.  She was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a "Woman Making a Difference" in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Janis Adams is a member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association).

Elizabeth Fraley, Director KinderPrep/Early Elementary

Boise State University, M Ed, Elementary Ed.
Bowling Green State University, BS, Early Childhood Education
Teaching Certification pre K-8

Elizabeth has been the Director of the KinderPrep and Early Elementary programs at Academic Achievers for the last 2 years.  She is highly experienced in working with early elementary ages, epecially highly gifted children and children with learning exceptionalities. Elizabeth's expertise is in early literacy and oral language learning allowing her to work with students with language-based learning differences. Elizabeth's teaching philosophy offers a structured curriculum along with progressive approaches to learning. She is highly experienced in the Waldorf educational model and completed graduate courses at the National University in Jeonju, South Korea.

Laura Huusko, Director of HR and Administration

Southeast Missouri State University, BMus., BA, German
CSUN, California Teaching Credential

Laura is an HR professional with over 10 years experience recruiting in the education and entertainment industries in Southern California.  She began her career working for consulting firm Personal Decisions International.  More recently, she worked at Sony Pictures in People & Organization. Laura is currently pursing her Masters in Education and Teaching Credential.  She enjoys working at Academic Achievers where she is able to combine her expertise in recruiting and administration with her love of teaching and education.

Dr. Lauren Rubin, Director Test Prep

Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, Ph D
Indiana/Purdue University, MS, MT
Pacifica Graduate University, MA
University of Hawaii, BA

Lauren Rubin, Ph D, has taught SAT/ACT and ISEE/SSAT prep for over 20 years.  She has had exceptional and consistent success increasing student scores, and personalizes her instruction for each student's strength and weaknesses.  She was a Master tutor for a national company before owning her own test prep company in Oregon.  Dr. Lauren has two Masters degrees and a PhD from one of the top 35 schools in the world. Dr. L. is our Director of Test Prep and Curriculum Development.

Tina Van Berckelaer, Executive Assistant

Stanford University, BA, Honors

Before working with Academic Achievers, Tina contributed her organizational skills to and handled accounts payable for a division of Time Inc. More recently, Tina supported the Group Vice President of Advertising for the New York Times as Executive  Assistant. Tina handles all Academic Achievers' scheduling, invoicing, and payroll.

Vanessa Payan, Administrative Assistant

University of Chicago, BS

Vanessa is our office manager, billing assistant, materials coordinator, and practice test proctor.  She studied both math and psychology at the University of Chicago and taught science and engineering to 4th and 5th graders at the Johns Hopkins summer program for gifted and talented youths. 

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