Private rooms. Heated massage tables. Bubbling fountains. Soothing music. These aren't amenities people typically look for in a school. But Massage School of Pasadena is more than just a school—it's also a spa where students who have completed their finals can get hands-on massaging experience without having to stretch out their arms and practice on themselves. Their discounted sessions range from classic Swedish and deep-tissue massage to aromatherapy and prenatal massage, which students master in 250-, 500-, and 720-hour programs.
Founded in 1924, Alliance Française de Pasadena promotes the spread of French language and culture for Escondeaux-enthusiasts and Nice-newcomers alike with a plethora of events and classes. Taught by native French speakers, beginner classes are limited to an intimate group of no more than 10 students, who are immediately immersed in French culture, films, and games as they learn the language.
Using experience gleaned over years as a broker and educational consultant, Kartik Subramaniam and Adhi Schools have been guiding students toward real-estate licensure since 2003. With detailed online and in-person courses, Adhi helps prepare each pupil for the California license exam via included textbooks, three preparatory exams, and a guide to garage-door whispering. The school also assists graduates by placing them in contact with brokerages to start their new careers. The Adhi Schools' curriculum is recognized by leaders in the real-estate field, from large brokerages including Century 21 and Prudential to national training companies.
Cynthia Harvey has been designing fashion-forward ensembles since she was a kid. “At 9 years old I literally and figuratively looked up to my aunt, a professional model who made most of her clothes. She encouraged me to use the scraps of fabric to make my Barbie doll clothes and eventually my own clothes," says Harvey. Her interest in current trends led Cynthia to the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in LA, where she studied and eventually ascended to the post of professor. Though she's spent her time doling out fashion tips to the likes of George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, and Janet Jackson, it was her time as an educator that inspired Cynthia to cofound The Sewing Studio. She aimed to counteract a decline in local arts programs, due largely to the great popsicle-stick and glitter fire of 1996. She explains, “I wanted to offer fashion sewing classes that are fun and affordable, with an emphasis on looks inspired by current fashion designers."
Her classes, which cater to the novice seamstress and advanced sewing student alike, achieve that aim. Led by Cynthia and other experienced teachers, the sessions range from introductory classes where pupils of all ages learn basics and stitch together totes or dresses to fashion design and sewing programs. Camps, workshops, and other learning sessions culminate in handcrafted apparel and accessories that students can take home and incorporate into regular wardrobe rotations.
With more than 15 years of experience as an art educator, Vahan Yervandyan invites students of all ages into Pasadena Art Classes to help them explore their creative sides. Vahan maintains small class sizes, so each pupil receives the personal attention necessary for their artistic growth, as well as adequate elbow room. During classes held throughout the week, students can explore a number of techniques, including drawing, pastels, oil painting, and watercolor.
Understanding that each child learns differently, the staff members of Sylvan Learning’s numerous centers design personalized programs. Based on the results of standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews, the staff works with students to help them firmly grasp basic skills such as reading, writing, math, and how to remember facts without tattooing them to their chests. Programs target students in kindergarten through grade 12 and mold to various learning styles, helping kids feel more comfortable in the classroom. Afterschool or summer classes can ready high-school students for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students wow college-admissions officers with their superior writing skills, exemplary test scores, and willingness to arm-wrestle the school mascot.