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In This Issue:
Making A Successful Transition
Study Tip: Equipping Yourself For The Fall
Coach of the Month: Robert Johnson
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Academic Success Partner of the Month


This month we're revisiting a former Success Partner, Westside Neighborhood School. We were thrilled last summer to partner with WNS in teaching an ISEE prep course. 

WNS is the epitome of an academic institution serving its community: a high-quality private school embracing socio-economic diversity. From 68 students at its opening on a small property in 1980 to 450 on a larger campus adjacent to Playa Vista, WNS is a Los Angeles academic success story.

WNS embraces a vibrant, child-centered (K-8) approach that engages kids in a project-based, active curriculum that challenges students to grow. The school creates an environment where each child is able to take intellectual risks and experience success in addition to learning to value the differences in themselves and others.

Drawing from the best of traditional and progressive philosophies, WNS strives to instill the desire in its students to be lifelong learners.  

For more information visit the website or call 


Looking for a Student Community Service Opportunity?

Meet Rickey Smith, social entrepreneur and owner of the sustainable food business Urban Green. He's started a community education venture called the Urban Green Kids Row program, creating opportunities for kids from diverse backgrounds to participate in many activities related to food sustainability, from planting seeds  to learning about how organic food is grown and harvested. For more info on a terrific community service and volunteering opportunity for kids, email Rickey, visit the website at

or call (800) 200 3320. 

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The Final Chapter of Our
Summer Trilogy
Is Here!

After the joys and carefree days of June and July, August brings to many students the first thoughts of a return to their academic careers in the fall.

Which should be good news for both student and parents: at Academic Success, we've long known that students who get a head start on their work in August tend to finish up way ahead at the end of the school year.
However, for many kids the landing into fall isn't always a soft one. Students can waste precious time and energy worrying about their return to school instead of taking opportunities in August to begin working and planning for the challenges to come.
In this issue, the final edition for summer, we'll give students and their parents ideas and sources of inspiration for starting their fall. We'll also highlight some success stories that might provide inspiration for next summer...


At Academic Success, we're constantly on the lookout for ways to give our students the biggest possible advantage as they pursue their academic goals and dreams.  
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All the best,




"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant."

                                - Robert Louis Stevenson

Education News 

Making A Successful Transition
Even for the most prepared, returning to school after a long summer break can be a tumultuous experience. This insightful article from the TeensHealth website features many highly useful tips for easing our kids back into their academic schedules.
Summer Camp Sowing Seeds For the Future


Many students harbor cherished dreams of a particular career but often can't see a path toward reaching their goals. Enter the Apprentice Doctor Premedical Camp in Tampa, which exposes high schoolers to medical training during the summer break. This inspiring piece should serve as inspiration for students and parents searching for educational opportunities in the summers to come. 


Sleeping For Success


It has long been established that kids of all ages need more rest on average than adults. With that in mind, it can be critical to re-establish school sleeping hours for students returning to activities in the fall. This Huffington Post piece, hot off the presses, offers up some excellent ideas to help get students back on track. 


Using Smart Phones To Get A Head Start


The arrival of fall often has kids and their parents hitting the stores to equip themselves with clothing, stationery and other tools necessary for a return to school (more on that in our study tip). This ABC News report focuses on something different: back-to-school apps that may help students to get started and kick ahead.



Summer Programs That Change Lives


One way students can soar ahead of their peers is through an internship program in the summer. Even better, however, is a paid internship in a field that matches the specific interests of each student given the opportunity to participate. This exciting story details a fantastic new summer internship program in Lincoln, Nebraska- hopefully to be emulated throughout the country in the future.

Study Tips 

Equipping Yourself For The Fall


One of the most crucial factors in hitting the ground running in any endeavor is to make sure you're well equipped.
With regard to our students, there is also the psychological advantage to be gained by upgrading your tools for the fall campaign- and to dress for success.
Taking the time to clothe and equip yourself with care usually reflects an inner desire to reach the highest level possible. It also is a quick way to restart your brain and re-ignite positive habits that served you during the previous year. 
Concerning a student's wardrobe, this doesn't have to mean a shopping spree- a couple of new outfits and maybe a new favorite pair of shoes can raise a child's excitement level as the first school day approaches.
Updating your stationery is another fantastic way to generate positive thoughts and feelings for the fall. This can also be a time to ensure a student's computer and software is up to date. 
Affirming the value of what we do by caring about our appearance and equipment is a habit that will reward us handsomely for a lifetime.

Coach Profile 

 Meet Robert Johnson,
  Coach Profile of The Month


It would be hard to find a tutor better credentialed to work with students on test prep than our own Robert Johnson.

In addition to a long career teaching and tutoring kids, Robert has also begun to write test prep questions, penning over 1000 for a company in New York city. 

A former National Merit Finalist, Robert is incredibly well-rounded, tutoring in everything from math and chemistry to history and psychology. Being deeply versed in all aspects of standardized testing, Robert also teaches tests on the ISEE, GMAT and the LSAT.

Robert loves the process of one-on-one tutoring, saying "I love to see the sudden light of understanding turn on in a student's eyes." 

In addition to working as an educator, Robert is constantly exploring new experiences in his personal life. He has written and performed sketch comedy in Manhattan and plays many instruments including electric guitar and upright bass. 

We consider it a privilege and an honor to support students and their families throughout the Los Angeles area.  Please call us at any time; we welcome your thoughts and input.  We are available at 310-823-4398.

Jamie Altshule
Academic Success, Inc.