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Why Lafayette Academy?


Who We Are

Lafayette Academy is 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, 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 in sports and school.

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 succeed and learn skills that will be beneficial throughout their lives.

Fun and Popcorn – We know that students learn more when they are comfortable and ready to learn. At Lafayette Academy, we try to create an environment where students feel at home. We even dare to say that many students are excited to come to the Academy to learn!

No Spin – we NEVER spin anything!  If we make a mistake, we own up to it and do whatever we can to make up for our mistake. If one of our services is not up to our standards, we fix it. We always tell you what we genuinely believe is best for your son or daughter, even if it’s not best for Lafayette Academy. We can’t promise you that we will always be right, but we can promise you that our intentions will always be to help our students. We want to be your most trusted service provider. Ever.

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 also appreciate the San Ramon Valley community (even “Danville moms”). 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. And just to demonstrate how old we really are, we became grandparents in July 2019!

Expansion Plans

Because of the Pandemic, we have moved all of our services online and we hope to offer them to other communities throughout California (and possibly beyond). We will also become the local learning center in other communities. Stay tuned!

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


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