About Us

Strong scholars, high scores, 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.

We offer private, in-home tutoring, as well as one-on-one tutoring in our Santa Monica offices. Our tutoring agency specializes in accomplished, highly qualified, experienced master level tutors. Academic Achievers's tutors have a track record of improving student scores.

We carefully evaluate each new student's strengths, areas in need of improvement, and learning style, before matching him or her with the perfect tutor. 

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 exceptional communication skills, an advanced educational background and a profound love of teaching.

Our tutoring is based on an initial assessment and custom designed for each child.  We will create a program for your child, track your child’s progress, motivate your child to break through barriers, and maintain strong communication with you to let you know how it’s going. 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. 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 and "Best Small Business Success Story " LA 2012 by the SBA.

Our Staff

Janis W. Adams, CEO/Founder

Pennsylvania State University, BA, MA
UCLA, California Teaching Credential

Janis is passionate about education and has taught private as well as public high school in both Pennsylvania and California.  She  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.   Janis was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal in both 2014 and 2013 as a "Woman Making a Difference".

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 15 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.

Jenny Marshall, Educational Consultant

Columbia University, Teacher's College, MA, ET
California State University Northridge, BA

Jenny is an Educational Therapist who specializes in Pre-K through elementary grades. Her experience and education include significant concentration in the areas of differentiated instruction, behavior, reading and reading comprehension, writing, and executive functioning.  She has tutored gifted and special needs children from 2 years old on.  Jenny is our Developmental Assessment Specialist and trains and is Director of our KinderPrep and Summer KinderPrep Camp.

Elizabeth Fraley, Director KinderPrep/Early Elementary

Boise State University, M. Ed, Elementary Ed
Bowling Green State University, BS, Early Childhood Ed., cum laude
Teaching Certification

Elizabeth has taught pre-K -grade 5 along with gifted children in both the public and private sectors.  Elizabeth is equally comfortable working with a structured curriculum as well as a constructivist approach and is highly experienced in the Waldorf educational model.  She has also completed graduate courses at the Chonbuk National University in Jeonju, South Korea where she learned techniques in teaching English Language Learners.  Elizabeth is also an expert in behavior management techniques and Response to Intervention (RTI). 

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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