Academic Associates

Every student can learn to read

Wendy E. Dow

Certified Reading Instruction Specialist, Director

San Luis Obispo County Learning Center

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Your Child Can Become an Excellent Reader!

Let Us Show You How the Academic Associates Course Can Work for You.

      Our free, no obligation evaluation will demonstrate, beyond question, your student's reading status and   

      clearly indicate the areas in which your student can improve.

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  1. Since 2009, Wendy Dow, Director of the San Luis Obispo County Academic Associates Learning CenterTM, has been helping students become excellent readers and writers.

  2. The Academic Associates method of reading instruction was developed by Cliff Ponder, the president and founder of Academic Associates Learning Centers. Cliff, an elementary school teacher and principal for 20 years, was frustrated that many of his brightest students couldn’t read, so he bought into a franchised reading center. Recognizing that it had many flaws, he spent two years devising his own program that he launched in 1985.

  3. The Academic Associates Reading Program has 171 locations in the U.S. and has established licensed programs in 6 countries. Because of Cliff's vision and efforts, thousands of children and adults have become better readers.

Your child will learn all the skills of reading:

  1. 1.Decode (read) the word

  2. 2.Understand what is read

  3. 3.Evaluate what is read

  4. 4.Retain and apply relevant information

  5. 5.Read with fluency

While the student fully develops the skill of decoding using the rules of phonics, he or she will concurrently learn simple, effective techniques for increasing comprehension, fluency, and overall reading proficiency.

At Academic Associates, we raise the bar and give your child the tools necessary to reach it. Instruction is provided in a one-on-one, secure, positive environment designed to increase confidence and self-esteem. We start with the basic foundation of reading and build from there. On average, our students gain from 2 to 5 years in reading ability