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Strong scholars, high scores, and great schools: academic achievement is our passion. At Academic Achievers, our mission is to give students the tools to thrive in school, to conquer exams and to love learning every day of their lives.

Academic Achievers offers one-on-one, in-home private tutoring, as well as in-facility private tutoring for pre-K through college applications.  We are an award winning test prep center as well as 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 have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience and a consistent track record of improving student scores.

Founded by a former teacher with three high-achieving children, our company knows that the secret to successful results is the quality of the tutor. Your child will work with a teacher 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 private tutors and educational managers 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, ISEE or SSAT 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 tutors nationally and internationally via our internet platform.  We are verified homeschool and also a top provider of certified academic teachers who will travel with your family for work or vacation.

Academic Achievers was honored to receive the "Best Private Tutoring LA Award" 2014, 2015, and 2016,  "Best Women-run Small Business" 2016, Women Business Awards; "2014 California Excellence in Education Award" by the US Commerce and Trade Institute; "Best Test Prep Tutors in Los Angeles 2015" by CBS Local ; "Best Test Prep Orange County" by CBS Local, and "Best Small Business Success Story LA" by the SBA.

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

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

Our Staff

Janis W. Adams, Founder/CEO

Pennsylvania State University, BA, English
Pennsylvania State University, MA, Education
University of California at Los Angeles, Teaching Credential

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, UC Berkeley, Harvard Kennedy School, USD School of Law and USC Mashall School of Business.
Janis received the Gold "Stevie Award" in national recognition for 2016 Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Business. She has been nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a "Woman Making a Difference" in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017  Janis Adams is a member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) and WACAC (Western Association of College Admissions Counseling).

Marissa, Director of KinderPrep and Early Elementary

University of California, Santa Cruz, M Ed
University of California, Santa Barbara, BA, cum laude
UCLA TEFL Certificate/California Teaching Credential
Gesell Assessment Certified

Marissa has been a Kindergarten and Early Elementary educator for 15 years. She taught 2nd-5th grade for 8 years, and was a Literacy Coach consulting with teachers and creating Readers and Writers Workshops.  Marissa presented at Growing Educators for their Literacy Program and has designed units of study in American History for the California Charter School Association.  She has also led programs in STEAM for math and science as well as studied and taught in Spain. Marissa has been tutoring with Academic Achievers for 6 years and administers all KinderPrep and Early Elementary Assessments.

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.

Grace Ly, Administrative Asssistant

Baylor University, BS, Business Administration

Grace comes to Academic Achievers from Houston, Texas, where she worked in Finance as a Loan Technician, Loan Administator, Loan Processor and Billings Administrator.  Grace manages all day-to-day aspects of our office including customer service, reports, billing and scheduling. She is the mother of two delightful girls and lives with her daughters and husband in Santa Monica.

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