American Academy of Strategic Education

2019-2020 School Year Now Accepting Applications!

Strategic Education enrollment for grades K-12 students is now open. Plan your child(ren)’s education early by scheduling a tour or appointment with one of our academic advisors.  Schedule a tour or meeting now.

You may also call (949) 371-5785 to speak to one of our academic advisors and to receive your enrollment kit.

2nd Annual Open House RSVP

Come to Open House for a Night of Fun for the Whole Family!

We want to get to know our students’ families and their friends better, so American Academy is hosting our second annual Open House on April 10 and April 17 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bring the whole family and invite your friends and neighbors to join us for fun night! Don’t worry about dinner, pizza will be served. We will have a couple of our partnered charter schools to provide you some information and answer any questions you may have about them. We will be hosting a Minecraft competition for the kids, so make sure to bring their tablets or choice of Minecraft device. The kids aren’t the only ones eligible to win a prize. Parents can enter a raffle for a free night out– movie tickets and 2 free Brain Break passes! So don’t miss out on this fun night, where you can also meet the families of other students! We’ll see you there!



Changes are Coming to American Academy

Screen Shot 2018-03-30 at 5.44.52 PMGet ready for the new school year American Academy! With some new changes to accompany our other successful programs, this coming school year is surely going to be one to remember.

Our student-centered, flexible, personalized learning experience that parents and students both love now offers a new teacher-led, discussion-based learning program called Essential Discourses (see more details below), creating a unique and well-rounded educational experience to empower our students to achieve their full potential by building communication skills, encouraging critical thinking, and fostering other essential skills students need to be successful.

Changes are also coming to our Enrichment Lab Program! We are incorporating fun with education every Friday with our exciting elective classes, or on the First Fridays of the Month the option to attend an exciting field trip! (See more details below.) These activities will allow students to apply their academic learning in an exciting and practical way that allows them to gain real-world experience and perspective.

New Locations

These new programs aren’t the only things we’re adding to American Academy. We are expanding our original Mission Viejo location to become bigger and even better than before! We are also growing and adding new locations! We heard your requests for other locations, so we are opening two more, one in Carlsbad and another in Costa Mesa.  

And last but not least, we are offering new pricing discounts! Pay tuition by May 1st to receive the best rates possible. Contact us to learn more

Info on New Programs

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Introducing Essential Discourses, a new program at American Academy that utilizes a discussion-based learning method to stimulate critical thinking and class participation from students, focusing on active engagement and learning through dialogue, rather than more passive approaches, such as lectures. This teacher-led/student-centric discussion also builds mutual respect and fosters personal responsibility, while strengthening student’s communication.

Essential Discourses are offered daily on Mondays through Thursdays, in the four core subjects: English language arts, math, science, and social studies. (More details to follow.)

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Kidspot is a play-based learning program that helps develop children into happy and confident individuals by focusing on core academics, personal refinement, teamwork, and fun, which are taught through active play and hands-on activities. This program offers science lab experiments, music, yoga, and many more culturally rich activities to provide a well-rounded experience for your kid.

There are four schedules now offered for Kidspot:

        M/W from 8am-1pm or 11am-4pm

        Tu/Th from 8am-1pm or 11am-4pm

Enrichment Labs (Friday Electives & Field TripsEL

Enrichment Labs offers a variety of activities, from fascinating electives like Cake Decorating, Speech and Debate, and World Language classes to adventurous field trips, with destinations ranging from museums and zoos to theme parks and more which provide real-world, hands-on experiences for students. Our classes and field trips are designed to give students a better understanding of the world beyond the classroom.

Enrichment Lab electives are now offered every Friday, with field trips options scheduled on the first Friday of the month.

To learn more about all upcoming new programs, please call (949) 371-5785 or email

My Take on “Trying to be Perfect is Killing Our Teens and We’re to Blame”

Angela Hansen
Founder and Director, American Academy of Strategic Education

Original Article:
Melissa Fenton, author of the blog “Grown and Flown” discusses the recent student suicide that has shed light on the mounting pressure placed on high school students to get accepted to top universities. She wants us to answer for ourselves “Why are we killing our teenagers?”

I too am done making my children miserable. I am all for hard work, determination, and grit, but I am also about happiness, joy, and being balanced individuals. As I look around I notice the inconsistency of our message to our kids about being happy, independent, and respectable people, yet continually force them into educational situations that produce the opposite outcome.
In grade school, we teach our children to share, be honest, and be happy. In junior high, we promote being thoughtful, courteous, and well-rounded. But by the time our kids get into high school, we are shaping them to be self-centered, dishonest, nothing-but-driven, unhappy, single-focused A+ students amped up on drugs to stay even more focused than their peers.
Do you ever step back and ask yourself why
I believe it is because we all naturally want our kids to be happy and successful, however, we sometimes get confused with how happiness and success actually look. We become caught up in what “everyone else” is doing (if your friends jumped off a cliff would you?) without any regard for what is actually best for each individual child. While we are pushing our own educational agenda on our victims we forget to foster the character traits we want our children to emulate: the courage to be different, self-contentment, joy, honesty, thoughtfulness…
While there may be some pros, there are also many cons to the public and private education system today that each parent should be asking if it is right for each child.  Sometimes the bad outweighs the good. And don’t kid yourself into thinking that all that is wrong with education is referring only to public schools. Many private schools are just public schools that cost a lot of money and have prettier wallpaper! (Trust me, I have spent a pretty penny on private school tuition.)
If you’re serious about helping your child become a happy, successful adult who loves to learn and who cares as much about his or her own success as you do, consider helping him/her find the right path toward success that might be different from what you’re currently doing.  If you’re going to give your child an educational opportunity that is uniquely his/her own, it must be flexible, adaptable, and personalized and must not close any opportunity doors for him/her later in life.
Have you ever had a heartfelt conversation with your child about his/her life? I recently asked my son if he really enjoys school and asked him what was and was not working for him.  We talked about where he wants to end up and what he must be willing to do and to give up to get where he wants to be. Most importantly, we discussed that this is his life and that only he can make decisions that will affect him in the long run because eventually, he will be the only one his decisions affect.
I hope that these kinds of conversations become woven into our daily dialogues with our children and that we can bring about real change in our children’s education.

After-School Classes Build Workforce Skills

“How do we sufficiently prepare today’s students to enter the future labor market as adults?” This is a question that has perplexed experts for the past two decades. Currently, more than 1 in 3 workers believe that they do not have the proper training and education to enable them to move ahead in the workplace.

Specifically, employers are looking for employees who can work effectively in teams, who have strong communication and problem-solving skills, and who also possess expert-level technical skills.

After-school classes and summer learning programs help to close the gaps between the skills students have and the proficiencies employers are seeking.

After-school classes also help students discover new interests and professions that they might not have considered. Many afterschool classes provide students with real-world problem-solving opportunities to help them to achieve their career aspirations.

Percent of Employers Who Look For the Following:

Attributes in a Candidate*

Teamwork abilities

Problem-solving skills

Verbal communication skills

*Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers, 2017

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Next-generation students benefit from after-school classes

After-school classes are a vital part of your child’s well-rounded education. America’s next generation of employees and entrepreneurs are growing up right now. Many exciting school classes have been slashed from school schedules due to budget cuts and time constraints placed on teachers to adequately prepare students for mandatory state testing. School has become boring and meaningless to many students.  Afterschool classes help young people discover new passions and motivate them to work towards their dreams.

Students with a variety of interests, ages, and abilities can enjoy the benefits of afterschool classes. Many classes focus on social and emotional learning, teamwork and communications skills, and exploring new subjects.

Potential colleges like to see students who have a variety of interests and who are well rounded academically and socially. Students might choose to take electives that they don’t have room for in their school schedule, or classes that give them concrete experience that will benefit them in future jobs. Afterschool classes help students discover potential career pathways by connecting students to real-world problems and guiding students to build the foundational skills that will benefit them in school and when they enter the workforce.

In American Academy of Strategic Education’s elementary, middle, and high school afterschool classes, students learn to work collaboratively while participating in exciting hands-on activities.

Academic electives include classes such as visual and performing arts. STEAM classes include courses in robotics and web design, and foreign language classes include Mandarin and Spanish. American Academy of Strategic Education also offers fun electives such as ukulele and cake decorating. To recommend a new class topic, please email suggestions to

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Experts weigh in on the value of after-school classes

After school classes play a vital role in our community. A recently-published research report from The RAND Corp offers a research-based look at “The Value of After School Programs.”

The primary finding of the study is that there are measurable benefits to students and families who participate in afterschool and summer learning programs. The authors of the report noted that the students who benefited the most were the ones who attended the classes regularly.

The authors also noted that many actual benefits of after-school and summer learning programs are not calculated into the perceived benefits such as providing students with new and unique learning experiences, helping close the opportunity gap, and supporting parents who work.

Learn more about American Academy’s Afterschool Classes »



After-school classes begin Feb. 26 – Sign up and SAVE $75 Registration Fee*


Spring 2018 Enrichment Lab runs from 2/26 – 6/8. Get Started for Only $10/hr.
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American Academy of Strategic Education specializes in supporting personalized learning for every student. Our goal is to advance and transform student’s education by providing self-paced learning opportunities in a fun, safe, and innovative environment where students can engage in a variety of stimulating social activities.

In just a few hours every day using our accredited curriculum or your own, we will help students become independent, self-motivated learners. We operate flexible hours Monday through Friday to meet your student’s needs. Utilizing personal allocations of public charter school funds, American Academy is low-cost or no-cost to the student.

Welcome to American Academy of Strategic Education


Designed as a low-cost education option for students from Kindergarten to High School level (K-12), American Academy of Strategic Education provides a fun, safe, and innovative environment for students to engage in social activities, as well as study their academic core subject courses.

American Academy operates flexible hours to meet your student’s daily schedule. In just a few hours–on the days of your choice, American Academy will help students become independent, self-motivated learners by giving students unique learning opportunities through supervised study time with certified teachers, social and academic clubs that promote student-led learning, and fun and academic after-school electives.

Students may use the curriculum of their choice. For those students who are searching for an academic program, we offer a wide-spectrum, secular and non-secular, A-G and California State Standards approved, fully-accredited curriculum. At the high school level, students may earn an accredited High School Diploma and prepare for college with AP courses. Our caring, certified teachers are dedicated to partnering with families and helping all students succeed.

We work with a number of charter schools to help families enjoy our center at low or no-cost. We are currently approved vendors for Excel Academy, Inspire Charter Schools, iLead Schools, National University Academy, Summit Academy, Springs Charter Schools, and Valiant Preparatory. We would be happy to take the necessary steps to become approved vendors for other charter schools. See full list of our partnered Charter Schools.