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Learn for Excellence - Independent School Program | Marina, CA

Independent School Program in Marina, CA

Learn for Excellence: "for those who will go far!"

About the Program

Core subjects

Mathematics and English (Reading and Writing)

These are the most important subjects for academic success and gaining admission to college. All students, especially elementary to middle school, are expected to take both.

By design, my standards in both math and English are much higher than in schools. I assign more problems, and more difficult problems, than do the public or most private schools.

They must pass spelling and vocabulary tests with perfect or nearly perfect scores. My intention is that my students become the best students, anywhere.


We also teach students basic Geography. This is done by spending a brief time (normally just 5-10 minutes), at the end of each lesson doing "map," as we call it.

The children learn about the geography of California, North America, and the World. This has become a valuable and fun addition to the math and English lessons.

Almost every student I have, from the youngest to adults enjoy the geography part of our lesson.

They are often motivated to finish their math and English on time or early so that we have time to do "map."


We also offer Spanish. Foreign language is encouraged but not required.

Grade levels

Both math and reading programs are for grades 1-12. Spanish is from beginning to intermediate levels.


Our program is NOT dependent on any school curriculum. We have our own program and our own materials, which are MORE rigorous than in public or most private schools.

We help students with their school homework occasionally, but after participating in our program for a few months, most students find their schoolwork to be quite easy.

program is excellent for homeschooled students.

We are very much aware of the requirements for gaining admission to US universities, and in fact, our program is specially designed to meet or exceed these.

Teaching model

Our independent school program in Marina, CA, is based on individual tutoring, which in our experience, proves to be far more effective than the traditional classroom model used in schools.

This is NOT intended as a something to be ADDED to school; it is a STAND-ALONE teaching program. That is to say, if you bring your child to me for tutoring in math and reading,
I will teach him/her MORE efficiently and effectively than is done in school so that you don't even need to send your child to school for math and reading.

With our teaching model, the students come into our disciplined learning center twice a week for one hour.

They receive personal instruction and homework based on their own personal level.

Students are required to make progress, but at their own pace (within reason).