Why Lafayette Academy? 2017-02-18T16:44:32+00:00

Why Lafayette Academy?


Who We Are

Lafayette Academy is a family owned and operated company committed to the overall success of your student in school and life. Our motto is ‘bringing out the best in everyone’ and we mean it! We have unparalleled dedication to your children. Obviously, any company can say this (and some do), but we’ve proven it … over and over again. Here are just a few examples of what we mean:

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  • Teaching to ‘Bring Out the Best’ – Although it is harder to schedule and manage, and less profitable, we have pioneered differentiated instruction for SAT Preparation and Shadow classes because students with different learning needs will learn more if they are being taught to their specific ability level. Why doesn’t everyone do this?
  • Coaching to Success – Our owner coached 20 seasons of girls soccer and basketball. His positive coaching philosophy is key to helping students succeed.

  • Not Just a Business – We are committed to the communities we work in. We proactively offer free tutoring and workshops to students who need more help. We want to see your students be successful and learn skills that will be beneficial throughout their life.

  • Fun and Popcorn – We know that students learn more when they are comfortable and ready to learn. At the Lafayette Academy we are committed to creating an environment where your student feels at home. We even dare to say that our students are excited to come to the Academy to learn!

Lafayette Academy is owned by Mark and Kathy Bressler. We have lived in Lafayette since 1986 and all All 6 Croppedfour of our daughters attended the same local public schools from elementary through high school . We love the Lamorinda community and we work hard to ensure that Lafayette Academy helps each student thrive in school and get into the right college (for him or her). All four of our daughters were helped by The Academy and all of them are now college graduates. Our youngest daughters (twins) graduated from U.C. Davis (Hillary) and Cal (Becca) in 2014; our oldest daughter Mallory graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 (yes, we’re probably a lot older than you), and our “middle” daughter Dana graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2010.

We are always trying to improve our company and we welcome your suggestions, questions, concerns, and positive feedback. We really listen!

Mark Bressler
Owner & (former) Lafayette Academy Dad