1)      Who are your instructors?

We have a wide variety of test prep instructors.  Our best instructors teach our classes and handle most students who purchase private tutoring packages.   Most of these instructors have a lot of SAT/ACT experience and they have received in depth training at Lafayette Academy.   Notably, we do NOT let instructors with previous ACT or SAT teaching experience “do their own thing.”  Our curriculum has been tested, refined, and proven … over and over again (because we always adapt to the most recent trends on the ACT and SAT).

2)      Do you have a guarantee?

We guarantee that every student will make significant progress if he or she actively participates in the program.  Moreover, we will do whatever it takes to help our dedicated students achieve their full potential on the ACT or SAT.  This includes monitoring everyone’s progress and proactively offering free supplemental support if we’re not satisfied with someone’s improvement.  We live in the community and we genuinely like our students and want to see them do well.  This is way more important than a specific score guarantee with lots of fine print. 

3)      What happens if my son or daughter misses a class?

During the academic year, we typically offer midweek makeup classes because we don’t want anyone to fall behind.  These classes are not as differentiated as our normal sessions so we don’t encourage students to miss a lot of classes. During the summer, you need to find other dates or classes to makeup missed classes.

4)      What happens if a student misses an assessment?

We often offer a makeup the following week.  Check with the front desk and we will work with you to find a time to make up the assessment.

5)      What curriculum do you use?

We have a unique, carefully crafted curriculum that has helped thousands of students achieve huge score improvements.  We regularly update the curriculum in response to recent trends we observe on the ACT or SAT or in response to student performance.  Our curriculum is adaptable to the needs of all students whether they are struggling or excelling. Most importantly, we organize our students based on their ability levels and differentiate the instruction.

6) Which test should my son or daughter take?

Feel free to call us to discuss your son or daughter’s situation because there is no “one answer fits all” for this question.  Many students will take both tests because they more similar than ever before and we have a simple program to prepare for both.

7) What sort of follow-up do you offer after the official test has been taken?

After the official test, your son or daughter is welcome to come back to attend free review workshops that we offer before most tests. These workshops are exclusively available to students who were enrolled in one of our test prep programs, AND we personalize the workshops as much as possible.  In some cases, we also recommend additional private tutoring.

*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, our services.
*ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc. which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, our services.


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Professional Background

Kathy Bressler received her Bachelors Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her Masters Degree in Communications Management from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.  She also completed UC Berkeley Extension’s Certificate Program in College Admissions and Career Planning.

Kathy is the co-owner of Lafayette Academy and has been a college counselor for 12 years.  She belongs to two different consortiums of college counselors in the Bay Area that meet monthly and has traveled to approximately 40 states visiting hundreds of colleges.  Kathy attends many yearly conferences and is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling)
  • HECA (Higher Education Consultants Organization)

Personal Information & Experiences

While Kathy raised her four daughters, she was on the Burton Valley PTA Board of Directors,  Las Trampas Swim Team Director, and Chair of the Youth Committee and a member of the Board of Directors at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette. As parent and later college counselor, Kathy guided her four daughters through significantly different academic experiences.  Her oldest daughter, Mallory, graduated from the University of Michigan as a double major in Political Science and Sociology with an emphasis in Education. Mallory managed after-school programs in Boston and NYC, and is now Managing Director at Diatribe. Kathy’s next daughter, Dana, graduated from UC Santa Barbara as a Business Economics major with an emphasis in Accounting.  Dana worked at Google, a small tech start up, and is now a Product Manager at Credit Karma. Her youngest daughters are twins, Hillary and Rebecca. Hillary double majored in Sociology and Political Science at UC Davis and has a dog training business in Lamorinda.  Becca was a Cognitive Science major at U.C. Berkeley, spent a few years at Pixar, and is the Production Manager at Radiolab in NYC.

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