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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Palo Alto District Curriculum

Students in Palo Alto take part in an English language arts curriculum that prepares them to be effective writers. Students learn how to write position papers that support their opinions with clear evidence. Learners work on creating introductions that organize their ideas and evidence in a clearly-defined manner. Students learn how to support their ideas using credible evidence and appropriate resources, noting also how to cite resources they use to supplement their ideas. Using effective language is a topic of study as well. Learners develop an understanding of words, phrases, and clauses that clarify their reasoning and link ideas together.

As students progress in their education and take specialized courses like language immersion programs, Advanced Placement (AP) or enter an International Baccalaureate Program (IB), there are also specific curriculum that ensure students meet the expectations of the courses. Having curricular standards allows for assessments to be given that are aligned to the standards which shows how students are meeting the expectations and if additional instruction is required.

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SchoolTutoring Academy’s tutoring programs for Palo Alto students start with a free academic assessment with an Academic Director. Our flagship tutoring programs are available for $199.99/month which include regular one-on-one tutoring, academic mentorship, bi-monthly progress reports, learning profiles, and parental conference calls.

Palo Alto District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs

The schools in Palo Alto use curriculum specific to the academic subjects and programs of study. For English/Language Arts and Mathematics, the schools follow the framework of the Common Core Standards. In English/Language Arts this covers reading literature and informational texts, writing for a range of purposes, and critical speaking and listening skills. In Math, the Common Core Standards provide the framework by which students develop skills in numerical operations, algebraic operations, geometry and measurement, and data analysis over their school years. Highly qualified teachers promote this skills development by holding each student individually accountable. Teachers furthermore encourage students’ individual development and to pursue their particular areas of interest.

We currently cover the following Palo Alto-area school district: Palo Alto Unified School District.

Keeping Informed: Recent Palo Alto Educational News

  • Choice Schools - Within the Palo Alto District, families have choices to enroll their elementary age children in programs that provide some alternative focus. Such options include Spanish and Mandarin Immersion Programs in which students are instructed in either Spanish and English or Mandarin and English in equal amounts.
  • Connections Program - Another Choice Program option at the middle school level is the Connections Program. This is a program that provides instruction from an interdisciplinary approach using teams of teachers. Students benefit by being able to understand how the different areas of learning all connect around major themes they study.
  • Direct Instruction - Another program offered to students in grades 6-8 is a Direct Instruction program that is more traditional in nature. In this program, students receive instruction directly from their teacher and structure is infused into all teaching and learning.

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One-on-one learning with a certified private in-home tutor
Tutoring at your child's pace & schedule - available 7 days a week
Personalized instruction in the comfort of your home
Tutors that are highly-qualified K-12 and university educators

Our instructors hail from Harvard, Stanford, Duke and other top institutions

Our tutors are different from the ones you find in your neighborhood

Staff Tutors with Outstanding Credentials

Our educators have graduated from top academic institutions, and many of them have achieved in the 90th percentile or higher on standardized tests. Equally importantly, they enjoy coaching students across a variety of subject areas and standardized tests

Educators Beyond What You Find Down the Block

Students work collaboratively with their private tutor who is a top-notch college graduate well beyond the academic caliber that you’ll typically find in your neighbourhood

Experienced Academic Directors to Create and Adjust Learning Plans

Every student is paired up with both a private tutor and an Academic Director responsible for creating a comprehensive learning plan and constantly tweeking it to optimize for results

Fully Customized Programs with Regular Progress Reports

With regular progress reports and archived copies of your lessons, you can easily track your progress and review concepts from past lessons

Meet Our Tutors

Each of them is highly-qualified K-12 and university educators

My name is Michelle O. and I am a certified Calculus Tutor from Bloomington,

My name is Davis H. and I am a certified English Tutor from Greenville, South Carolina.

My name is Jane W. and I am certified SAT/ACT Tutor from San Diego, California.

My name is Ken B. and I am a certified Math and Statistics Tutor from California.

My name is Kevin L. and I am a certified Social Studies Tutor from Guelph, Ontario.

My name is Daniel C. and I am a High School Math, English and Economics.

My name is Amy B. and I am a Math, English Tutor from Darlington, South Carolina.

My name is Owen M. and I am a Math, English, Languages, ACT Tutor from Dundas, Ontario.

My name is Daniel H. and I am an English, ACT, SAT, Social Studies Tutor from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.


My name is Akosua A. and I am a Math, Science, English, ACT Tutor from Brampton, Ontario.

My name is Davis H. and I am a certified Math, Science, English Tutor from Greenville, South Carolina.

My name is Jania B. and I am a Math, English Tutor from Eight Mile, Alabama.

Chalk Talk: Helping a Bullied Child

When a child is being bullied by another, they may be timid about telling a parent about it. To help them see that they have an ally a parent can share a time when they have had similar experiences. This helps set the stage for the child to share. When they do share, parents need to keep control of their feelings and calmly discuss the situation. The child may then be ready to talk about ways to deal with the bullies. If this is a serious problem the parent should bring it to the attention of the school administration. When talking with the teacher, parents need to remember that the teacher is there to help and the teacher and the administrators want to prevent the bullying.


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