AJ Tutoring, a private learning center, offers free SAT and ACT preparation classes to low-income students in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District who will be the first in their families to attend college.
To date, the center has conducted two classes and served more than 30 students from Los Altos High. Students from Mountain View High will begin classes in September.
Los Altos High student Desiree (who declined to give her last name) said her experience with AJ Tutoring was valuable.
“Not only did I learn valuable skills to get a better score, but I had an encouraging environment to work in,” she said. “My scores improved and my confidence grew when taking the test.”
Founded in 2005 by childhood friends Aaron Andrikopoulos and Joe Niederman (the “AJ” of AJ Tutoring), the learning center has grown to include offices from San Mateo to San Jose. As their business expanded, Andrikopoulos and Niederman wanted to share their success by offering test tutoring to low-income students on a pro-bono or reduced-cost basis.
In 2017, AJ Tutoring provided free or reduced-cost academic and test prep tutoring to more than 800 students. The learning center partners with 17 nonprofit organizations to provide instruction to underserved communities.
AJ Tutoring targeted Los Altos and Mountain View after an MVLA Scholars board member reached out. Chelsea Greene, AJ’s social outreach director, responded to the request for help.
“We have been looking for a way to reach students in Mountain View and Los Altos, and so we are excited to partner with these local high schools,” Greene said.
Keren Dawson-Bowman, an Advancement Via Individual Determination teacher at Los Altos High, said she has seen AJ Tutoring’s impact on her students.
For more information, visit ajtutoring.com.
Julia Whitehurst Roy contributed to this article.