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Tutoring and (Tech-enabled) Parent Advice/Support

Your Family Deserves the Best.
The Best is Academy Learning.

We Have the Big Picture on Individual Student Development

Tech-enabled, dedicated, year-over-year K-12 Academic Planning and Support.

  1. Credentialed Teacher/K12 Advisor conducts Parent/Student Discovery Intake, teacher outreach, conducts student assessment, monitors & reports on progress.  
  2. Dynamic Academic Mentor (w/ 4-year degree) to instruct & motivate.
  3. Complete, secure, online; Student Learning and Development Profile powers a true Personalized Learning Plan w/ recommendations. 
  4. Privacy Guaranteed; when parents are comfortable sharing sensitive information, it significantly improves our ability to assess gaps and challenges and provide valuable recommendations. 
  5. Periodic Parent/Teacher surveys for regular updates, early intervention. 
  6. MindPrint/UPenn Cognitive Assessment, dynamic Math/Reading Learning Gap Diagnostics. 
  7. Year-round planning and support for all; K12 Tutoring for some. 

Tutoring is recommended based on diagnostic assessments administered and evaluated by Credentialed Teachers; no sales incentives, no pressure, no parent guilt. The only commitment is the one we make to you. 

Academy K12 Advisors

Do parents have a more important job than educating their children? Your child may not need K12 Tutoring, but every family needs Academy Advisors. 

How Can We Help? Book an info call with Salli

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About Our Founder/Director, Salli Ford

Salli Ford, M.Ed

“You really go to his school and meet with his teacher?” The father of a struggling high school student could hardly believe his ears. The director of the new tutoring and academic advancement center in Arden Park was offering to meet with the student’s teacher in order to collaborate on his success. This concerned parent was looking for some extra help from a tutor. He found a tutor for sure, but he also found a Founder and Director who was a passionate dedicated professional who was willing to go the extra mile for his son. Since Academy Learning opened its doors in October of 2013, Salli Ford and her team have served countless families and students. Academy Learning offers K-12 Tutoring managed by a Credentialed K12 Advisor and delivered by a dynamic graduate of a 4-year college/university.  But what seems to make Salli and her team at the Academy stand out is their philosophy of collaboration with the school and teacher. Salli sees a key role for the Academy in leveraging every possible resource available to help a child succeed, starting with the parents and classroom teacher and extending to the efforts of the Academy staff and to study tools and technology. As a parent herself, Salli recognizes what a daunting challenge parents of school-age children sometimes face. She says her reward is hearing parents say “thanks for giving us back our family time.”

Salli Ford grew up in Auburn and attended Loretto High School here in Sacramento. She went on to Creighton University in Omaha, NE and earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a Minor in Spanish. She then moved to Boston to work in an innovative all-girls middle school called Mother Caroline Academy (MCA). The mission was and is to intervene in the lives of at-risk, inner-city girls with intensive academic formation in order to prepare them for very competitive high schools and colleges. MCA demonstrated to Salli the importance of the 5th-8th grade years in preparing the student to become lifelong learners and of parent involvement. “My passion to teach started with my students in Boston.” says Salli. “I was with them from early morning, through after-school activities and into an evening study hall. Motivating them to succeed was my whole life.” 

Salli later enrolled in the Lynch Graduate School of Education at Boston College. By the time she completed her M.Ed., she had gotten married and started a family. Salli taught science in an inner-city high school and Biology as a Teaching Assistant at Boston College. She later worked as a Director of Admissions and as an Administrator with special needs students at Lesley University. Over several years spent raising her children in Dallas, Salli founded her own Summer Science Camps before going back to the classroom here in Sacramento to teach Science to grades K-5.  One aspect of Salli’s vision – the AfterSchool Advancement program – was inspired by her two oldest children. They both do very well in school and, even after homework and sports, have a lot of free time. Salli and her husband felt her own and other kids would benefit if the structure and accountability of a school environment could be extended to lengthen the day and include some “electives”. This idea is included in a part of the AfterSchool Advancement program called “Explore, Challenge, Learn (ECL).” The Advancement program is customized for each student based on an interview with the parents and student. After “Decompression” time and ‘“Homework Help”, a period called “Mastering the Core” is set aside to strengthen skills in Math and Language Arts. ECL is the final period. 

For ECL, Salli helps parents and the student negotiate 3-5 subjects their child is interested in or curious about – architecture, languages, computer coding, or the physics of pitching, for example – and then document the goals and time that will be dedicated to exploring the subjects. The goal is to get the students to broaden their ideas of learning and to see the connection between the classroom and what career and hobbies they will pursue in life. This could be a frustrated parent’s solution to a kid spending too much time on computer games. The idea is that the student comes with a curious brain and AfterSchool Academy provides the venue, structure and accountability – as well as the iPad or computer – and even a “Certificate of Advancement” and electronic record of what the student learned.

ALC students have either one-on-one tutoring one or more days a week, one or more sessions in the AfterSchool Advancement program or a combination of both. The process begins with a student assessment and interview to identify strengths and weaknesses, then an interview with the parent and finally a face-to-face visit with the classroom teacher(s) and ongoing e-mail interaction. The first visit to the Academy for students in the Advancement Program includes an organizational skills exercise called “the backpack dump” during which Salli works with the student to evaluate, improve and organize their daily school habits, how they track their assignments, and organize their notebooks and planners. Salli is then ready to help the student set short and long-term goals which include developing study skills that become established habits for academic progress. The incentive for the student is that disciplined study habits ensure success and more free time. 

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