Who We Are
At Blue Train, we do one thing, and we do it better than anyone else around: We get high schoolers into college. And we get them there healthy, balanced and smiling.
While many companies stress the competitive pressure of getting into college, we focus on the holistic process, on bringing out the best in students without letting them lose their teenage perspective or motivation.
Hermosa Beach based since 2001, Blue Train offers not only the most innovative and refined level of prep and academic tutoring but also the most experienced and comprehensive understanding of the entire college process. A lot of companies talk the talk, but very few can actually walk the walk. Last year almost forty percent of our clients stated that they had tried (and paid for) other companies in the area before coming to us to get the results they wanted: Distracting all-age clinics, shallow advice, or quite simply “just not good enough” across the board.
Nearly one hundred percent referral-based, Blue Train has proven itself year after year with the highest score improvements, the greatest scholarship intake (over ten million in student award offers last year alone), and the greatest overall student and family satisfaction. Just ask around town. We’re confident in what you’ll hear.
What We Do
If it has to do with high school academics or creating the most college options, we’ve got you covered.
- ACT/SAT Test Prep
- Academic and AP subject Tutoring
- College Application and Essay Guidance
- Year round college process support
How We Do It
Whether your priority is convenience and flexibility or the best bang for your buck affordability, at Blue Train we offer a full range of options:
- One-on-One in home Tutoring
- Small group in home Study Pods
- SAT/ACT Classes and Application Workshops
What Makes Us Different:
Many companies will tell you how different they are but then turn out to be the same as all the others, driven more by marketing machinery than by caring hearts. For over fifteen years, at Blue Train we have seen that students and families are all different, with different needs, skills and ambitions. Yet, through it all, there is one constant truth: A healthy process is a successful process. Understanding this, we have worked year after year to streamline the process so it is understandable, manageable and organized best to match the student’s needs. Our unique relationship with colleges, high schools and families, along with a very low turnover rate, has allowed our team to deepen over time like no clinic or large corporation can.
Meets and Greets
No other prep company will begin its relationship with a face-to-face, no-obligation Meet and Greet in your home to help you begin the college process informed and empowered.
About an hour long, Meet and Greets give us the opportunity to answer your college-related questions and personalize a timeline for you- putting you on track for your test dates, college lists and application deadlines- as well as allow us to find out a little more about you so as to create the perfect tutor match.
Meet and Greets are free for private tutoring students and seventy five dollars for those interested in classes. Call today to set up yours. It’s that easy!
If anything has made us successful, it is our tutors, their passion and personalities. All four year graduates from top universities, Blue Train tutors are selected not only for their specific subject skills but also for their ability to be strong teachers, confident coaches, stress-relieving therapists, and upbeat companions.
Unlike most companies that try to sell the idea of different tutors for different SAT and/or ACT sections, at Blue Train we understand the benefits of sending out a single tutor who is exceptional in all sections. Although it is more difficult to find these rare people, the rewards are well worth it for our students.
Having only one tutor reduces scheduling issues, creates a stronger bond, and allows for a seamless switch between subjects within each session, eliminating downtime and any need for busywork. The combination of these things leads to greater efficiency and ultimately a more fulfilling and successful tutorial. But don’t listen to us, just ask any student or family who has tried both approaches and hear what he or she has to say on the matter…
The Big Picture
Life is not about getting into college; getting into college is about life. It seems that too often students and their parents forget this fact and allow a rabid form of “college hysteria” to gain control of them.
At Blue Train, we refuse to be bitten by this mindset. We do not believe optimum score growth comes from pressure and fear, or by overloading students with homework and weekly full length practice tests; rather, it comes from intelligent, targeted assignments and strategically staged proctored exams (two weeks prior to any real exam).
It also comes from working with thousands of families and students, and involving ourselves in the entire process, watching and figuring out how all the working parts move together so as to better help you… Yes, it is a long journey for some, but ultimately it is a fulfilling one for all. Just keep focused on the big picture and you will never lose sight of all the great and wonderful things that lay ahead at your destination.