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 or homeschool instruction in our Santa Monica facility. Our tutoring agency specializes in accomplished, highly qualified, experienced master level tutors and individualized instruction. Academic Achievers' tutors also have a track record of successfully improving student scores for the ISEE, SAT, and ACT.

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.  From our KinderPrep program to our SAT, ACT, and ISEE Test Prep programs, Academic Achievers has proudly taken its place as one of the best tutoring 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 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 Clear 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, 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 both 2013 and 2014 .

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.

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 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.

Jenny Marshall, Educational Consultant

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

Jenny is a popular Educational Therapist who provides educational consultations from 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.  She also designed our KinderPrep program and trains our early elementary tutors .

Dylan Campbell, Recruiter

Loyola Marymount University, BA

Dylan is a recruiter who has placed software engineers and executives across Southern California.  He has also been a substitute teacher for elementary school on up through high school.  Dylan has taught sailing to inner city kids through Planet Hope, and volunteered for after school tutoring through 826LA.  In his spare time he writes and illustrates comic books.  Dylan is our resident tutor-recruiter, scouring Southern California for education’s best to work with Academic Achievers. 

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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