Workshops coming this Fall:

S.A.T. PREP (See details below).

Recent news


CBS Sacramento

Meet Mr. Jared Harris, your college test prep instructor. See how he weighs the importance of the SAT test when CBS Sacramento recently paid us a visit:

Why the academy?

Unique Role of our Academy Director


• Confidential Parent Advocate

• Liaison between school, teacher and home

• Accountable to parents

• Extensive knowledge of local public/private schools, teachers and standards

​• Available to attend SST, IEP or other family/school meetings

Custom Tutoring With a 360° Diagnostic


• Initial and Ongoing Academic Assessments used as a baseline to identify exactly what is needed  

• Factors outside of school; home, sports, extra-curricular  

• Self-Knowledge Assessment; choice of peers, teacher rapport.  • ALC program seen in context of long-term educational plan.

Parents, Teacher, and the Academy


Our aim is to facilitate a collaboration between home, school, and our Academy to complement the good work already being done. ALC's philosophy recognizes parents as the primary educators of their children and the final decision-makers regarding what their children learn at ALC.

Extraordinary Tutors


Our tutors have a California Teaching Credential and/or several years of classroom/tutoring experience. Our tutors implement the Custom Advancement Plan, and communicate regularly with the director with weekly Progress Reports. The Director reviews our Tutor Profiles with each family to ensure we find the best fit.

Proven Results


On top of exceptional academic results, Academy Learning Centers builds the confidence, motivation, and focus truly needed to succeed in academic environments.

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Straightforward Pricing


The hidden costs and extra fees with most tutoring companies can be exhausting and discouraging. Academy Learning Centers is completely transparent from the beginning. We use Pike13, a software that includes visibility for clients, for our appointments and pricing.



Comic Book Writing and Intro to Shakespeare

WeDo 2.0 LEGO Robotics (Kinder - 3rd) and EV3 MindStorms LEGO Robotics (4th-8th)

Tynker Game Coding (1st - 8th)

Young Entrepreneurs (4th - 8th)

Math Competition Team and LEGO EV3 MindStorms Robotics Competition Team 

S.A.T. prep: Mondays & wednesdays from 9/2 - 10/2: 6:00 - 7:00 for $425


Taking a look at the Test:

Test structure

Test scoring

When, and how many times, to take the test

Test content (Math and Verb)


Testing algebra, problem-solving and data analysis, advanced math, and additional topics (tested in both the Calculator and No-Calculator sections)


... aka... The “Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Test”: testing reading, writing & language skills

Your Essay Portion:

Testing your ability to read and analyze documents, and produce a coherent, critically reasoned, appropriately evidenced, persuasive, written response 

Test-taking strategies:

Content-based triaging, process of elimination, backsolving, UN-informed guessing, optimal time-management, and more.

Test myths:

The SAT is an intelligence test, you can’t prep for the SAT, you can’t guess on the SAT, the SAT isn’t that important, and more. 


Our SAT instructor, Jed Harris, was born and raised in Sacramento, attending Sacramento Country Day School and Jesuit High School. He has taught the SAT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT for the Kaplan Test Prep Companies. He has also tutored various subjects to elementary school, high school, and college students, in both a group setting, and one-one-one. Jed graduated magma cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA, and has a Masters in Public Policy and Masters in Financial Engineering from UC Berkeley. 

study skills workshops (4th-8th) COMING BACK SOON

1. Time Management

Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of planning and time management. Build lasting habits for planning and scheduling time effectively to support college-bound goals.  

2. Pre-reading skills

Understand the importance of applying pre-reading activities to the students’ own materials.

3. Note-taking

Identify best note-taking methods that work best for the individual student. 

4. Paraphrasing

Demonstrate understanding of importance of paraphrasing as a critical thinking skill for academic learning.



Meet your study skills tutor: Ms. Kathy


Kathy Hannaford has been working in the Science Success Center at American River College for the past fifteen years, teaching college students core competencies in skills ranging from Time Management through Note-taking and Test Analysis. Kathy’s background in the Biological sciences makes her well qualified to guide students through the rigors of navigating middle and high school science courses. She's been with Academy since the beginning and has continued success with our students as she helps them to navigate through class assignments and tests

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Techniques for Generating Your First Draft

When and where to write.... Writing with pen and paper (not only screens)

Orientation Around a 5 Paragraph Essay ... Crafting a Strong Thesis Statement

Conversational/Casual Voice ... Relating spoken thoughts to those on paper.

Constructing Arguments ... Using Supporting Evidence .... 

Finding Personal Voice On Your Page ... Writing The Image... Writing To Your Own Rhythm...

Everyone has their own unique way of speaking... Honing this into sentences and paragraphs

Exposing Students to Challenging but "readable" texts

Finding ways to navigate your interpretation and critical analysis

Reading other students' writings for Inspiration/Examples

Our Writing Instructor, Mr. Nathan:


Much of his college experience, including psychology, early childhood development, and numerous writing classes, prepared him as an educator in a Montessori classroom. He describes his "most focused and salient academic loves are certainly music and writing". He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in English Literature at Sacramento State, coupled with a certification in composition, and his plan is to continue to a PhD program so he might publish critical pieces in literature theory and teach at the university level. Mr. Nathan feels that his "fascination with language penetrates through each and every grade level. It not only fuels my creative writing; language & writing also extend into my love of music". 

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4211 Arden Way, Suite B, Sacramento, CA 95864, US

(916) 426-2656