about us

College Advising Prep (CAP) was founded with a strong mission to prepare students for college success by providing individualized academic support and guidance, from pre-k to twelfth grade. Part of college readiness may include academic tutoring services, test preparation, and college advising to help families navigate through the overwhelming college admission process.

 

CAP’s passionate educators have extensive experience in teaching and instruction, and will help identify and address students’ academic weaknesses. We will develop an innovative curriculum, specifically tailored to each student’s needs and learning style. Additionally, CAP educational advisors understand the college admissions landscape, and they also possess experience in academic and career counseling. 

 

We aim to help students toward a process of getting them accepted to the college of their dreams. Our process is to thoroughly understand existing learning gaps between students’ current academics and where they should be in order to be successful in college. 

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We are a full-fledged educational service organization that is dedicated to helping students go in the direction they ultimately want to go!

OUR Values

 

These  values represent the deepest beliefs and sentiments to which we can aspire to make an IMPACCT within our community:

Inclusiveness - We create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive learning environment that allows our students to engage and thrive.

Meaningful Connections - Our students feel valued and empowered through meaningful and authentic connections, allowing them to thrive.

Professionalism & Passion - Our teaching staff and educational advisors are professional and are passionate about helping students reach their educational and career goals.

Accountability - We hold ourselves and others accountable while acting with integrity.

Continuous Improvement - We learn from our mistakes and from each other through sharing best practices and seeking self-development.

Community Engagement - We operate with a sense of responsibility to enrich the lives of our students, colleagues, and the greater community.]

Transparency - We engage in transparent teaching and learning to promote students’ understanding, foster better communication, build self-efficacy, and ultimately, student achievement.

Meet The Team

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Layla Ouk 

Founder

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Layla, founder of College Advising Prep, has over 18 years of experience in higher education... Read more

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Ricardo Archila

Director of Strategic Initiatives & Client Relations

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Ricardo has over 15 years of experience in fostering strong client relations in various fields-- in real estate, education, business... Read more

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Diane Birmingham
Operations & Client Relations

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Diane has over 25 years' experience working with students, ages preschool through high school. From teaching Shakespeare to 5th... Read more

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Cece Kinney

Coordinator

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Cece began one-on-one tutoring with grammar school students when she was a sophomore in high school. This tutoring led her... Read more

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Anthony Gomez

Teacher, Math & Mindfulness

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Anthony first began tutoring students in college in mathematics and served as a basketball coach. He believes that the best way to... Read more

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Gloria Archila

Teacher, Spanish

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Gloria is a passionate and dedicated educator with 27 years of experience in working with young learners... Read more

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Nicole Ruland,
Teacher, K-8

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She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Early Childhood Administration from Kaplan University, and has been on the.... Read more

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Jessica Talsky
Teacher, K-8

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Jessica earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community and Regional Development from the University of California, Davis (UCD)... Read more

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Linary Shinn

Teacher, K-8/SPED

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Linary is a devoted educator who takes pride in her students’ successes and milestones. She has over 15 years of experience... Read more

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Juan Madrigal  

Teacher, Math & ELA

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Juan began tutoring as a high school student due to his passion for learning and his love for mathematics and writing... Read more

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Harrison Feain

Teacher, ELA

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Harrison has completed his Masters of Arts in Teaching at Santa Clara University. He is dedicated educator who works hard... Read more

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Lynette Juarez  

Teacher, K-8

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Lynette has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education with a minor in psychology from... Read more

 

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