The San Gabriel Valley Academy

The San Gabriel Valley Academy

625 E. Main St., Suite B, Alhambra CA 91801
(626) 300-0818

Turning students into scholars for over 25 years!


All Courses Available ONLINE and IN PERSON.



Is your child ready for the challenges and competitive nature of education in the 21st century?

From the University of California to the Ivy League establishment, it is a fact that there are fewer spaces available for an increasingly large pool of prep school and college applicants. And the process seems to be increasingly complicated with each passing year.

Make certain your child is not left out!


For those who do not know us, we have been assisting students in the San Gabriel Valley area for over twenty-five years, concentrating on homework assistance, test preparation and college application counseling. In recent years there has emerged a rash of tutoring businesses that have attempted to duplicate our programs, with very limited success. With health concerns at the forefront of everyone's mind, we have adjusted our operating procedures to ensure our students' safety - all classes are offered online for student health. Our instructors, from some of the top universities in the United States and the world, have a wealth of experience in working with students in all manner of methods and programs, including teleconferencing.


We offer a full range of counseling services for students from second grade through high school. Our decades of expertise with the Common Core, PSAT, SAT I & II, Advanced Placement (AP), and College Essay & Application programs have enabled our students to attain their academic and personal targets on a regular basis. As many college admissions offices reduce or eliminate their reliance on standardized testing, the criminal activities of some "placement" services has forever changed the college admissions landscape. However, our college placement results reflect the established superiority of our program: over 99% of our seniors who apply to the University of California are offered admission -- for Ivy League Schools, Stanford and MIT, in previous years it was not unusual for the rate to reach an industry-leading 85%.

Enroll now to secure a brighter future for your child by developing the tools necessary for success.


  • Program Director: Over 25 years teaching experience, former Harvard Club of Southern California Vice President, director and Chair of Harvard Prize Book and Nominating Committees, Harvard Interviewer
  • Private or near-private instruction
  • Experienced instructors, most with Master's Degrees or higher
  • Original materials and curricula
  • Accurate and regular progress monitoring
  • Emphasis placed on study skills and differentiated approaches to learning
  • Unsurpassed success for seniors who apply and participate consistently in our programs: for any given year, it has not been unusual for nearly 100% to be admitted to the University of California and over 85% to Ivy League schools


In an era blighted by dislocation, financial pressure, and uncertainty, the academic world is in a forced transition to distance learning. However, it is possible to take advantage of opportunities for your child’s personal growth. New tools for teaching have improved the effectiveness of distance learning, but do families have the experience to home-school children through the entire academic experience? Our personalized classes provide superior flexibility to accommodate all levels and manner of academic preparation in person or online. For over twenty-five years SGVA’s program director, a Harvard graduate, has been preparing students of all backgrounds. For more detailed information or private consultation, please feel free to call or visit in person.




(Grades 3-12) (Transportation available 可安排接載)

Homework, Math, English (Mon – Fri 3:30-6:00)

College Application Essay Course

大學申請規劃(Grade 12)

This course has been designed for high school seniors who seek clarity and structure in the college application process, and includes a comprehensive review of all facets of obtaining admission to UCs and Ivy League schools, as well as other top-tier institutions. We offer individual supervision and intensive guidance for our students, and provide close direction and attention to the art of crafting essays, choosing schools and proofing and filing college applications before submission deadlines. Limited to private sessions with our Program Director. Screening required prior to enrollment.
Please call the office for a customized schedule.


(Reading, Grammar & Language, Essay, Math & Testing included)

For those still scheduled to take the SAT in the 2021-2022 academic year, SAT courses are offered specifically to address the updated SAT. Class assignments will be based on ability, grade and testing experience. Fundamental skills and test-taking strategies will be presented to each student, followed by enhanced lessons that are prepared to meet the student’s needs.
Please call the office to arrange schedules.

AP Classes

Please call the office for AP class schedules.


Please call Isabel @626-300-0818 for subjects not listed here.
Schedules are subject to change

All new students will be charged a one-time registration fee of $40.

Mask wearing and social distancing are required when on-site. Hand sanitizer will be provided.


"Having had the privilege of knowing a mentor ...I can attest that he is the sort of instructor who really cares about students' learning and will put in the extra effort to ensure that each pupil gets the most out of his classes. Regardless of the size of the group, he always knows the learning styles and quirks of each and every student he teaches. Curtis does care about students succeeding on exams, but he goes beyond to create a fun atmosphere, all while cultivating the sort of critical thinking skills and cultural knowledge base that helps students excel at every level of education."

D. Lin - SMHS, Harvard Class of 2011.

"...thanks Curtis for all your help with my college applications, essays, etc. I had so much fun in your classes and learned more than I ever expected to the SAT classes"

J. Mau - SMHS, Stanford Class of 2011

"Thanks Curtis for making SAT tutoring less of a nightmare and more of a fun, time-worthy experience. Thanks to your dedication and encouragement, I completely OWNED the writing section with an 800!!! Now I have bragging rights."

J. Kwong - SPHS, UC Berkeley Class of 2010