Company: Academic Achievers, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Company Description: Founded in 2010 by Janis Adams, Academic Achievers is a full service educational agency completely owned and operated by women. Named "Best Test Prep in LA" by CBS, "Small Business Success Story" by SBA, and "Women Making a Difference" by the Los Angeles Business Journal, Academic Achievers works with students pre-k through college application including test prep, home school & school placement.
Nomination Category: Company/Organization Awards Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Women-Run Workplace of the Year - 10 or Less Employees
Nomination Title: Academic Achievers
Describe for the judges the activities and accomplishments of the nominated organization since the beginning of July last year (up to 525 words):
Academic Achievers is a completely women owned and operated educational services agency in Santa Monica, CA.
Academic Achievers was founded in 2010 by Janis Adams, a 60-year-old former classroom teacher with no previous background in business. In 5 years, Janis propelled her small tutoring agency from a cold start to a million dollar business.
While the tutoring industry increased at the rate of 3% annually, Academic Achievers increased revenue at the rate of 30%. Since its inception as an agency for high school remediation, Academic Achievers expanded to SAT, ACT and ISEE test prep, elementary teachers, kindergarten preparation, and college and career counseling.
Since July 2015, Academic Achievers has become a verified homeschool by the State of California, receiving awards “Best Test Prep Tutors in LA”—CBS local, “Top Academic Camp in Los Angeles”—Hula Frog, and “LA’s Best After School Enrichment”—LA Mom Magazine.
Academic Achievers recently added a new division: Private and Boarding School Placement. Employing an in-house private school independent consultant, Academic Achievers is becoming well known as the go-to business for academic achievement.
Academic Achievers has also been quoted in the Los Angeles Times as being on the forefront of pre-K gifted enrichment programs for highly gifted children. Their 2016 Summer KinderPrep Camp had 4 sessions with 100 3-5 year olds attending. Several children came from countries as far away as China and Kazakhstan.
Besides countless one-on-one tutoring students, Academic Achievers’ summer 2016 programs also included 4 different Writing Workshops (including a Baseball theme, an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party theme and 2 Middle School Writers Workshops), a College Application Workshop, and an Algebra Preview/Review.
CEO/Founder, Janis Adams, was runner-up “2016 Rising Star” by the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Women’s Summit. She is currently a finalist for the NAWBO WBO of the year.
Janis Adams was the 2015 Gold Stevie Award Winner for CEO Female Entrepreneur Business Services – 10 or less employees
Provide a brief biography of the person or persons who lead the nominated company (up to 125 words):
Janis Adams is passionate about education and has taught private as well as public high school in both Pennsylvania and California. As an educator, Janis has designed curriculum with cooperative learning and collaboration, differentiated instruction, and has team-taught several innovative cross-disciplinary courses. She designed and implemented the first paperless classroom in California. She believes we are all life-long learners and has raised two sons and a daughter who have attended Harvard-Westlake, Loyola High School, UCLA, Harvard University, Cal Berkeley, Harvard Kennedy School, and USD School of Law.
Janis received the Gold "Stevie Award" in national recognition for 2015 Female Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Business. She was nominated by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a "Woman Making a Difference" and was runner-up this year.
Choose one (even if both apply): The CEO (or other principal manager) of this company is a woman, and at least 40% of the management team is comprised of women.