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We would like to take a moment and say THANK YOU. These students create meaning in our lives everyday. It is such a wonderful experience to be able to mentor and work with students throughout the years ( 10+ years). We are smiling everyday because we get to work with these students to create opportunities for their future. It is a great honor and pleasure to be part of each student’s educational experience along with helping each student reach his/her goals. We are both so happy to be part of your pathway to reaching above sky’s limits. Let’s make it happen!



Sofia K.

I went to Gestalt Tutoring (Original Name of Breakthrough Learning Center) for all four years of high school; and during those four years, I not only expanded my quantitative knowledge, but also my qualitative ability. Through math tutoring for geometry to Trigonometry, I graduated high school with a stellar GPA and excellent grades in math. After four years of PSAT and SAT tutoring, my SAT scores were higher than my expectations and in fact, higher than many students around.


D. Kim

I have been attending Gestalt Tutoring, since I was in the middle of third grade and now I am a freshman in high school. When I first attended Gestalt, it was a small tutoring center located at Mrs. Jen’s house. As a young and naive kid, I hated anything related to school work. When my mom told me I had to go to a tutoring establishment, I was infuriated at the fact that I had to put more time into learning.



I have been a student at BLC since 5th grade and I am now going into my junior year of high school. Mrs. Jen and Mr. Avila have been there for me through everything and are always there to offer me advice and guidance through all of my decisions whether it is academic or not. Mrs. Jen, Mr. Avila, and all the other tutors have created an amazing tutoring center that makes me and other students feel like family and will help us with our every need.


J. Muhtaseb

I have been attending Breakthrough Learning Center from September of 2013. From then till now, I have never dissatisfied with my sessions there. My tutors have always been very helpful and comforting. The environment is extremely comfortable, especially because everyone, including the students, are very friendly. Whether it is moral support, school support, Breakthrough Learning Center never fails.


K. Kathrotia

My experience at Breakthrough Learning Center has been phenomenal! I first started to come to breakthrough when I was 10 and ever since then, I have been excelling in my academics drastically. It’s like my second home because I feel so comfortable and secure around the tutors because they are really nice and try to help me even when I give up. I have learned so many valuable experiences coming here for instance to not give up even when you have to pull that all-nighter to pass the HUG test and to persevere when there is no hope.


Kriti C.

Aside from school, emotionally, Ms. Jen has always been there for me. From high school stress, to the college application process, and even the typical high school drama, she is always there to give me support and advice. Breakthrough has always been a safe and comfortable environment for me to concentrate and succeed in my academics. I am so happy that I found this place and this amazing “tutor” family. As I move on to college in the fall, I will definitely miss Mrs Jen, Mr Avila, and the rest of the tutors at Breakthrough.


Taylor K.

I have been going to Breakthrough Learning Center since I was about 6 years old. They started out as a small business located in a house where I was able to do my homework, and learn new material in the summer to prepare myself for the upcoming school year. A few years later they moved their home business to a facility to gain more students and a larger space to work. Not only is the staff and owners some of the nicest people you will ever meet, but they also have pure intentions and goals of creating a safe learning environment and they highly focus on helping students achieve their academic goals.


D. Kotsonosis

As a parent, I found BLC a few years ago when my step-daughter was at-risk of failing high school (her overall GPA was 0.9). She’s a VERY bright girl that had gotten seriously off-track and I was desperate to help her. In researching various options (after-school programs, private tutors and tutoring centers, Kumon, Sylvan, etc.), I discovered Breakthrough Learning Center. What a GIFT! BLC is SO MUCH MORE THAN A TUTOR.


Annie R.

Gestalt tutoring (Original Name of Breakthrough Learning Center) is a place where kids of various ages can learn, grow, and prosper. Both Ivan and Jennifer have a way of teaching their students information so that they can be successful in school. At Gestalt tutoring, students are provided with a positive environment that makes them want to learn and do well in school. With the help of Ivan and Jennifer, I was able to enter my various math classes feeling confident that I knew the information and could complete problems given to me. Ivan and Jennifer give their students extra practice that teachers may not.


K. Shim

I have been at Breakthrough Learning Center for 3 years now and will continue to be at this learning center until I graduate high school. There’s a reason why I won’t leave Breakthrough; each and every tutor care about their students genuinely and want them to do well in the future. Ms. Jenn and Mr. Avila are such hardworking people that I am so inspired by everyday. They know when their students are sad and ALWAYS know how to cheer you up. Breakthrough Learning Center is without a doubt an amazing place for any student and you will definitely feel like you’re apart of a family.


Matthew N.

My name is Matthew Nguyen and I am currently a senior at Valencia High School. Since 9th grade, Ms. Jen and Mr. Avila have provided me with all the assistance I have required in order to succeed in high school. Ms. Jen has prepared me well in all aspects of academics, and has additionally tailored my work ethic to specific teachers from my school whom she had experience with.


Kyle Kim

I first attended Gestalt Tutoring (Breakthrough Learning Center) when I was eight years old. At first, I was furious at my mother for making me spend my summer at a tutoring center. I was very young, and all I wanted to do was mess around with my friends and enjoy my break from school. However, after a couple sessions I started to enjoy going to tutor. Gestalt instantly became my second home, and Mrs. Jen and Mr. Avila became comparable to older siblings to me.


K. Kathrotia

Breakthrough learning center has been one of the best experiences I have had throughout my high school career. I have had about 3 tutors in high school, but I have never found one like Mrs.Jen and Mr. Avila. I would dread going to my other tutors because it was simply just 2 hours of not learning anything. However, coming to Breakthrough would be nothing like my experiences with my other tutors. I would be excited to come to Breakthrough because of the learning environment. Not only is there one on one sessions, but there are also classroom sessions. This allows you to study with other peers that are taking the same class as you.


Brenda E.

My experience at Breakthrough has been incredible! I have been attending since 7th grade and now I am a freshman at Valencia High School. Coming to breakthrough has helped me in more ways than one. Mrs.Jen and Mr.Avila are two of the most kindest and caring people i know. They are both so passionate about their students and really want them all to do well. Whenever I have a problem, they always have an answer. I know I can come to them with anything! Breakthrough Learning Center is an amazing place and can without a doubt help you!


Katie C.

I have been attending Breakthrough Learning Center since I was in 7th grade, and now I am a junior in high school. My experience with Mr. Avila and Mrs. Jen has been so amazing and has helped me so much! Every tutor at Breakthrough sincerely cares about our education and always has an answer for us when we need help. They are so dedicated to teaching, and if at anytime they can not solve a problem, all of them will work together and won’t stop until they find the solution. I love Breakthrough, and it is something I look forward to every week. We are all one big family, and I couldn’t thank them enough!!!


T. Kim

Breakthrough is a great example of how learning is more than a transfer of knowledge. Since there’s many different types of learners out there, Mrs. Jen and Mr. Avila structure individual curriculums to match the student’s learning style and pair instructors that have good chemistry with them. I’ve never seen so many students come in with a voracity to learn and make new relationships with other students. As an instructor of two years here, it makes me proud to see some of the students I’ve helped get accepted into prestigious colleges. Keep doing what you’re doing BLC!


Kevin K.

I have been going to breakthrough ever since I was in 6th grade. I am now graduating high school and attending University of California, Irvine as a Mechanical Engineer. I can honestly say that without Ms. Jen, Mr. Avila, Mr. Rob, Mr. Kim, and all the other tutors, I would not have been able to succeed in school. BLC is not the ordinary “learning institution” that just teaches its students what they need help in. They genuinely care for us and make it feel like a family. I’ve built so many strong relationships here that it will feel weird not coming here every Mondays and Wednesdays for help when I leave for college.


N. Patel

I’ve been going to Breakthrough since my freshman year of high school; so basically my entire high school career. Before I went to Breakthrough, I perused through several different tutoring centers. However, none of them had what Breakthrough had. Breakthrough made me feel like family and accommodated to my every need. Every instructor at Breakthrough is so patient and knowledge and they do go the extra mile to make sure their students feel fully confident in what they are learning in school. My grades improved significantly after I began attending Breakthrough. They really do help and I couldn’t recommend any place better to help someone grow intellectually. 


K. Hobby

When I came to Breakthrough 3 years ago, I thought I was going there just to get help in math and studying for the SAT and ACT, but I gained knowledge outside of those subjects. Breakthrough opened my mind both academically and socially. They taught me items that I still carry along with me as a college student. Breakthrough feels like a second home because the instructors want only want the best from their students which creates a family environment. They make your kids work hard, but won’t over work them like other tutoring centers. Breakthrough Learning Center is the best tutoring center in the area. Leaving your kids with them is the best thing you can for them to be successful in school and for life.


P. Marquez

After tutoring for BLC, I’ve learned that in many cases students don’t have the time to dedicate to the work in front of them. Daily extracurricular activities, stress from college applications, and life outside the classroom are ways in which students can get distracted from what’s important. As a former tutor of BLC, our main objective was to help students focus on what is important.


Kristin S.

I have been at Breakthrough Learning Center for 5 years now and will graduate El Dorado High School. There’s a reason why I won’t leave Breakthrough; each and every tutor care about their students genuinely and want them to do well in the future. Ms. Jenn and Mr. Avila are such hardworking people that I am so inspired by everyday. They know when their students are sad and ALWAYS know how to cheer you up. Breakthrough Learning Center is without a doubt an amazing place for any student and you will definitely feel like you’re apart of a family. I’m attending Chapman University thanks to the help of BTLC.


N. Chen

Breakthrough Learning Center is a great place where students can ask for help on their homework, get ahead in their classes, and interact with classmates outside of the school. Mrs. Jen, Mr. Avila, Mr. Rob, and other instructors have several years of experience in education. With these experiences, the curriculum is catered to each individual student for them to succeed. We have access to textbooks that students are using in their classes and problem sets for extra work. Furthermore, when a student is completely confident in concepts that they are learning in school, the instructors help the student move ahead onto the next lesson. 


Erin S.

My name is Erin Solis, and I just recently graduated from Valencia High School along with the senior class of 2013. My work with Mr. Avila and Ms. Dinh began the summer before my freshmen year of high school. I was looking to get ahead on the math class that I would be taking during the school year, and a family friend had very strongly recommended the services of Gestalt Tutoring. Since that first session four years ago, I had to keep going back because the help I received there was so much better than any that I had received elsewhere.


M. Nguyen

I’ve been going to BLC my entire high school career and I can honestly say that it is like no other learning institution. I cannot express enough the extent to which the staff cater to each student. Mr. Avila, Ms. Jen, and all of the instructors truly make all of their students feel like part of a family, which creates a hospitable environment conducive learning. Not only do they provide me with the necessary help for all of my classes, but they also offer preparation for tests such as the ACT, the SAT, AP, and IB. 


B. Enciso

I went to Breakthrough from 7th grade until the end of high school. I am now in college pursuing a degree in Nursing. School is something that definitely did not come easy to me, however, Mr.A and Ms.Jen really helped me get the good grades I needed and helped build me up and prepare me for my future in college. Ms.Jen and Mr.A care so much about all of their students and have created such a great environment for their students to be in. I am so grateful for everything Breakthrough has done for me!


E. Solis

Breakthrough Learning Center provides an environment that fosters continual growth and improvement for each student that walks through the door. I began my tutoring sessions with BLC the summer before my freshman year of high school, and I immediately noticed that the instructors were able to explain challenging topics far better than some of my actual teachers could. The instructors truly cared about my personal and academic success and formulated a personalized curriculum that I was unable to receive in any classroom before.

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Ash. R.

I have been here for 2 years of high school career and I never felt like I was not part of there family. They’ve really thought me some life lessons that I could’ve never learn from outside. Throughout these years, not only they’ve helped me on my school work but also they’ve helped me in improving my writing skills, learning skills, and listening skills. It was a great learning experience for me that I will never forget. Now I will go to college next fall and I will never forget what they’ve thought me.