Academic coaching

We’re part of your team

At MSS, personal attention is fundamental to a student’s success and lies at the forefront of every student-coach relationship.

Working with both students who are struggling academically and high-achievers looking to improve their learning efficiency, we use fresh and creative ways to deepen understanding of class material, which has a profound impact on our students’ abilities to thrive at school and beyond.

Customizing strategies for each student’s unique learning style, our academic coaches focus not only on improving grades and increasing test scores, but also on building confidence and developing valuable skills that last a lifetime.

Each coach is carefully selected through an extensive hiring process and receives ongoing professional development to ensure our families get the best support and, ultimately, the best results.

Center hours

In person | 9 am – 7 pm
Remote | 9 am – 7 pm
Please use the button below to schedule a session.

Main Street Scholars provides individual academic coaching for all students grades 7–12 and college-level. In one-on-one, hour-long sessions we offer support in all courses offered by Cunha Middle School, Sea Crest, Wilkinson, Half Moon Bay High School, and all local elementary, private, and Catholic schools in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.



  • English I — Advanced
  • English II
  • English II — Advanced
  • English III
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • English IV–Expository Reading/Writing
  • AP English Literature and Composition


  • Algebra Readiness
  • Algebra I
  • Advanced Algebra I
  • Algebra II
  • Advanced Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Advanced Pre-Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC

Social Studies

  • World Studies
  • AP Human Geography
  • World History
  • AP World History
  • United States History
  • AP United States History
  • American Government/Economics
  • AP American Government/Economics
  • AP Psychology


  • Earth Science
  • Biology
  • AP Biology
  • Chemistry
  • AP Chemistry
  • Physics
  • AP Physics II
  • AP Environmental Science

World Languages

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish


Pricing for 2021–2022 fall term. Prices listed are per hour.

  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • AP Courses
    Grades 11, 12
  • College Courses

Test prep

Doing well on the SAT and ACT requires more than tips and tricks. Students need to feel motivated to use this test as a lever to unlock opportunity, and they need the strategies to perform effectively. Combined skills and strategies build test-taking confidence, leading to outcomes that set students up for success.

Main Street Scholars is able to customize strategies for every type of test-taker. By taking the time to understand each student, we are able to help them gain confidence, build on their strengths, overcome their weaknesses, and raise scores.

We provide prep for the following tests:

SAT subject tests
High School Placement Test (HSPT)
California High School Proficiency Examination (CHSPE)

Our students have raised SAT scores from 80–300 points, raised ACT scores by 6–10 points, and have helped a student achieve the coveted perfect score of 36 on the ACT.

Test prep during Coronavirus

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed nearly all aspects of daily life, and college admissions are no exception. Along with Liz Murphy College Advising, we have developed strategies for ACT/SAT test prep during this time.


Main Street Scholars students have been accepted to the following schools:

Cal Poly
Juniata College
St. John’s
Santa Clara
Sonoma State
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Cruz
UC San Diego

Proctored tests

We also offer full-length proctored practice tests for both the ACT and SAT. Tests are approximately 8 weeks prior to the actual test date, giving students an opportunity to get acquainted with the testing process and receive feedback on their performance.

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SAT test dates

Test dates are in flux due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please refer to the College Board site for current information. Many schools now offer SAT School Day, which lets you take the SAT at your school on a weekday. Please contact your principal or counselor to find out if your school is participating.
  • Practice date
    SAT date

  • September 4
    November 6
  • October 9
    December 4
  • January 22, 2022
    March 12, 2022
  • March 19
    May 7
  • April 23
    June 4

ACT test dates

Test dates are in flux due to Covid-19 restrictions. Please refer to the ACT site for current dates and information.
  • Practice date
    ACT date

  • October 16
    December 11
  • January 8, 2022
    February 12, 2022
  • February 12
    April 2
  • April 23
    June 11
  • May 21
    July 16


Package rates to be paid in full before or at first session.

18 hours

  • 6 weeks
    book included

12 hours*

  • 6 weeks
    book included
*our most popular package

6 hours

  • 6 weeks
  • book

As needed

  • Hourly rate
  • Proctored test
    Four hours, dates above
Aneesha graduation photo
PORTRAIT OF A STUDENT | Environmentalist

Aneesha came to MSS after her freshman year at HMBHS. Though determined and hardworking, her grades reflected her struggle with reading, organization, and test-taking. We worked with Aneesha to build her confidence and skills throughout high school. Aneesha worked with Liz Murphy to hone her college application while studying to improve her SAT scores. The last semester of her senior year was her best; she blossomed, her confidence was noticeable and she felt very capable.

Aneesha was accepted by a number of colleges. She chose to attend Portland State University, working toward an Environmental Science Degree in the Honors program. As a rising sophomore, she earned a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (R.E.U.) Internship, granted by the National Science Foundation. During this time, she was part of an atmospheric research team that studied diesel emissions in the Portland area and presented the team’s results at the American Geophysical Union 2018 Fall Meeting, in Washington D.C. Aneesha continues to excel as a student that truly cares about the environment and her community. She has traveled to many countries and would like to work in the Peace Corps. She says, “I have every intention of using my degree to work towards remediating issues that affect those who suffer from environmental injustice.”

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