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The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.

Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.

2814 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica,
CA
US

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.

2701 Ocean Park
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Nestled in the cockpit of a Socata TB 10 Tobago–a single engine aircraft with a luxurious leather interior–fledgling pilots soar over Los Angeles and the ocean with a South Coast Aeronautics instructor by their side. These teachers lead on-the-ground training as well as hands on Discovery Flights to teach new pilots the ins and outs of flying. In addition, they provide training for full on private pilot licenses, which enable holders to legally fly their own plane or ride their pet albatross to work. After earning a PPL, students can also garner an instrument rating and commercial pilot certification to seek a career in the skies.

3200 Donald Douglas Loop
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Working with clay is both deeply meditative and creatively stimulating for Antara, who has been ceramic artist for 41 years. A skilled teacher with a masters degree in art therapy, she helps others access their own creative reserves at her pottery school, Earthstone Pottery. During wheel-throwing and hand-building classes, students work clay into both functional and abstract pieces, and those who opt for a six-week pottery series can follow their creations from conception to firing. Specialty classes that are centered around Native American pottery styles and honor traditions from the past, are also available.

2651 Main St
Santa Monica,
CA
US

Natalie had a few requirements for daycare for her daughter Amalia, but none of the local establishments fit the bill. She wanted a small, happy place where kids where treated with respect and encouraged to learn at their own pace. Natalie decided she would start her own daycare in her daughter's spirit. Today, Amalia Daycare offers childcare modeled on the Montessori method, with music, healthy vegan food, and classes in Mandarin, French, Spanish, and English.

2503 20th Street
Santa Monica,
CA
US

At Couples Massage Class, couples follow the expert direction of instructors Ken and Michael, both of whom began their massage careers in the early 1990s. Through hands-on practice, Ken and Michael share with kneading protégés simple, yet effective techniques for satisfying their partners. Similarly, a newly added couples pregnancy class teaches expectant partners how to comfort and ease the stress of moms-in-the-making.

1211 Montana Ave
Santa Monica,
CA
US