LEARN HOW TO STUDY SMART.

Utilizing the most innovative programming and accomplished tutors,
Tier One prepares your child for the SAT, ACT, AP’s and all classes K-12.

Customized, in-home SAT, ACT and school tutoring

Established in 2004, Tier One Tutors is one of the leaders in private tutoring and test preparation across Southern California. We have partnered with nearly 100 local schools and have taught and tutored over 10,000 students. With a large team of professional and personable expert tutors, we provide private and customized tutoring in your home for maximum effectiveness and convenience.

Inoovative SAT/ACT Tutoring Programs

Your child doesn’t need more memorization or more homework to improve their score. Our private SAT/ACT tutoring utilizes simple and intuitive strategies that will help raise your child’s score – and confidence.

Meet the Tutors

With our advanced hiring matrix system we are able to interview and meet hundreds of applicants. Because we are so determined to have the best staff to help your child, we hire less than 5% of all applicants who apply.

Private, in-Home K-T2 Tutoring

Having a child struggle in school can be very overwhelming. That’s why Tier One offers specialized tutoring programs to help your child get the customized help they need in any subject K-12th grade!

Trusted by the industry


Tier One has been named by CBS in the “Best of LA Los Angeles Tutoring Services” category and was also voted Favorite in the Tutoring Category for the 2014 Los Angeles Daily News Reader’s Choice Award. Furthermore, we were nominated for and awarded the prestigious Accreditation Program Seal from the Better Business Bureau for our outstanding results and customer service record over the last 10 years.

Tier One is also a respected member of numerous professional organizations including NACAC, IECA and HECA which are national organizations for reputable college admissions professionals. 


Academics Decoded is a popular blog hosted by Tier One which gives tips and strategies for success in school, SAT, ACT and college admissions. The main contributor is renowned author, lecturer and test prep expert Steve Dorfman. There are  also regular posts from guest writers who are private college admissions professionals, teachers and even former admissions officers from top universities.

  • Community College vs. Traditional University

    Since I run a test prep company, I am constantly bombarded with questions from parents, friends, colleagues and clients. One of the most interesting inquiries I get is whether community college is a good option for students. Like most things in life, the answer is not so simple. Let’s take a look at the five factors to consider when deciding whether to go to community college. Cost One of the best reasons to go to a community college is the cost. Even if we only look at public schools, tuition at a UC school is over $13,000 per year, and at Cal State schools, it’s over $5,000 per year. At community colleges, it’s only about $1,000 per year. This is obviously a very big difference for students who come from lower income families. When you take in to account the high interest rates on student loans, the difference becomes even .. Read More