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"Our only reluctance in leaving the Sacramento area is that we cannot take CLC with us! To say 'Thank you' seems so inadequate for what you and your staff have done for our son. As a 14 year old High School freshman, he was not doing well in school. Now, 6 months later we are saying …WOW! Truly you and your staff are teachers to be admired for your commitment to education. Enthusiasm, Dedication, Devotion, Zest for Learning – all apply to what your staff show through their work, and your ability to pass this on to students. Thank you for finding the key, and helping S. unlock the doors."

"CLC is great. They make me feel good about me, and I don’t always feel that way at school"

"I really feel like every hour there is like a week at school!"
(a proud parent)

"You set realistic goals that children are able to achieve, and you provide them with a sense of self-worth. Your involvement with the teachers at school has been most helpful. My daughter always wants to come to you. She looks forward to learning, and knows that she is treated with respect and kindness."

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California Learning Cetner Commitment

Who We Are

young student learning how to read and spell California Learning Center, Sacramento, developed from the original network of private after-school educational clinics established in 1970. The philosophy and instructional model are based on an education study conducted for the United States government. We have been operating in the Sacramento area since the mid 1980s. California Learning Center is now completely independent, which gives us the flexibility to tailor programs to the individual needs of students, without any restraints imposed by corporate controls. Each student benefits from a completely personally developed education plan.


tutor helping student Our directors form a highly experienced team. Before becoming the owner/director of California Learning Center, Sandra Hampton was a public school educator for 17 years. She has taught students from Kindergarten through high school. Sandy’s years as a Resource teacher prepared her for many aspects of leading the California Learning Center. She assessed students with nationally normed standardized tests, met regularly with teachers and parents and studied current methodology for teaching students in the 21st century. In addition, her time as a tutor at California Learning Center introduced her to proven materials and strategies. She implemented those at the school-site learning center where she was the leader for over 10 years.

Sandy earned several awards for teaching . After her first year of teaching, she was awarded the First Year Teacher of the Year Award from her district and was honored by the Roseville Area Schools Outstanding Teacher’s Foundation. Later she earned the Teacher of the Year award at her school site and was eventually honored by Placer County Office of Education for the award of Teacher Who Makes a Difference.

Sandy is dedicated to providing children the opportunity to succeed academically. Teaching students at the California Learning Center provides Sandy the opportunity to support many Sacramento area youth to thrive in school.

Kimberly McElhern is the Director of Middle/High School Programs. She gained her undergraduate education at the University of California, Berkeley. As a credentialed teacher, Kimberly has taught in both public and private settings. She is experienced at addressing student needs from from 1st grade through college level, with a special emphasis on the middle school and high school student, and is qualified to teach language arts and math to an advanced level.


tutor helping studentWe invite only credentialed teachers to work with our students. Tutors, possessing a comprehensive grasp of the curriculum, must have previous teaching experience. They are selected for their successful teaching skills, ability to motivate students, and genuine care and sensitivity in interacting with youth. Our tutors are experienced in recognizing why students experience difficulties, and know how to propose alternative strategies, so that problem areas are circumvented before they become obstacles.


tutor helping studentStudents thrive with close teacher contact. We average a 2:1 student / tutor ratio, with a credentialed teacher. Younger students, or ADD children, may benefit from an individual learning situation. Our programs offer each student an individualized program, moving step by step up the academic ladder. All students enjoy 1:1 teacher interaction and personalized learning time. Then they practice applying information recently learned, and receive immediate feedback. Studies have confirmed that this is a most effective teaching model, and encourages our students to develop a level of independence which is imperative if they are to transfer their newly acquired skills into the classroom.

For more information or to arrange to discuss your child's particular needs, please either call us at (916) 486-2646, or submit the form above by email, providing only such information as you feel comfortable revealing.

Please note that although we cannot interrupt teaching sessions to answer the phone, we aim to return phone calls or respond to e-mails within 24 hours.

3400 Cottage Way, Suite C Sacramento, CA 95825 | (916) 486-2646