At OPEN EDvantage, our mission is to empower students to achieve their academic and personal goals. We provide personalized tutoring services for middle school, high school, and college students, utilizing an innovative approach that balances homework, sports, extracurricular activities, and stress management. We recognize that every student is unique, and we tailor our approach to meet the needs of each individual. We believe in the power of education to transform lives, and we are dedicated to helping students find success and reducing stress for families.

We understand the pressure that students and families face, and we are committed to helping you navigate this challenging landscape. That’s why we work closely with each student to assess their individual needs, and create a customized plan for success. Our tutors specialize in a wide range of areas, including specific subject support, executive functioning, self-advocacy, organization, planning, college counseling, college essays, ADD/ADHD, IEPs, 504s, and navigating the school system.

At OPEN EDvantage, we are committed to providing comprehensive support for students of all ages, including incoming high schoolers. That’s why we offer a range of unique services to help them navigate the transition to 9th grade and beyond. During the summer, we host in-person High School Preparation Workshops. These workshops are specifically designed to help incoming high school students get a head start on the upcoming academic year and are led by experienced educators.

At OPEN EDvantage, we believe that every student has the potential to succeed, and we’re dedicated to providing the resources and support they need to reach their goals. If you’re an incoming high school student looking to get ahead, or if you know someone who is, our High School Preparation Workshops are an excellent opportunity to start the academic year with confidence and a competitive edge.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can support your student’s academic and personal growth.


  • STEP #1


    A keystone of student success is strong organization skills. Tutors analyze school portals with students, identify missing assignments, and create plans for upcoming deadlines.

  • STEP #2


    After identifying missing assignments and deadlines, together they determine the overall picture to decide which assignments are most important in boosting student grades.

    STEP #2

  • STEP #3


    Tutors help students master challenging concepts that build confidence going into tests and finals. Students learn study skills, executive functioning skills, and self advocacy skills.

  • STEP #4


    We guide students with the ins and outs of the school system. Answer questions about IEPs, 504s, college recruiting, course selection, and college admissions.

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“OPEN EDvantage Tutors’ perspective as a teacher gave me insights into how to succeed in high school. Organization and study techniques are so important. I benefited during my freshman and sophomore years from her class.”

“My daughter had a very successful and positive freshman year because she felt prepared for high school. She learned that organization is the key to success in high school. Note-taking techniques were helpful and OPEN EDvantage Tutors shared several websites that students can use to find information quickly when writing essays or studying for tests.”

“I feel like the session is really going to help me feel prepared for high school this year!”

Our Founders

At OPEN EDvantage, we are proud to have Michelle and Amanda on our team, two highly qualified educators who possess a wealth of academic knowledge and a proven track record of success in tutoring. Both bring to the table, a breadth of experience and expertise that allows us to provide comprehensive support to our students, who are looking to achieve their academic and personal goals. We work closely with parents, to advocate for their children and guide them through the complexities of the educational system. We pride ourselves in providing a holistic approach to education and ensuring our students are set up for success

Michelle Alessandria

I am an experienced and highly qualified teacher with 30 years of experience in the field. My passion for education is matched by my dedication to student success, which is reflected in my extensive education and professional background. I hold a Master’s Degree in Education, as well as teaching credentials in Multiple Subjects (K-12), Single Subjects in English and history, and Mild/Moderate Special Education. I received my Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and teaching credentials at St. Mary’s College and San Francisco State University.

In addition to my work in the classroom, I also supervise and train new teachers working on their teaching credentials at St. Mary’s College. I have also taken numerous college counseling courses through UCLA, which allows me to provide comprehensive guidance to my students during the college application process. I have a deep understanding of the different subjects and skills which are necessary for success and have taught a variety of subjects, such as Special Education, AP European History, English, and World History.

Being also a parent, my own children have attended the AUHSD schools and have achieved great success, my daughter rowed crew at UCLA and graduated cum laude with a BA in Political Science and my son is a recruited scholarship water polo player at UCLA studying Political Science. As a professional member of Independent Education Consultants Association (IECA), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) I stay informed on the latest trends and developments in the field, and am well-equipped to guide my students through the college application process.

Amanda Alessandria

Amanda Alessandria

Amanda is an accomplished tutor and mentor, with a proven track record of helping students succeed in their academic and personal goals. She graduated with a BA from UCLA with Academic Honors in Political Science, and has been tutoring and mentoring students during high school and college for several years.

Amanda understands the challenges that students face, and is able to offer guidance and support from her own experience. She participated in the rowing team at UCLA and knows how to balance academics and athletics. With her knowledge and skills, she’s able to guide students to success.

In addition to her academic and athletic achievements, Amanda is also technologically savvy and is able to use different platforms to make tutoring sessions fun and interactive. With her great understanding of both academics and athletics and also her innovative approaches, Amanda gives her students the tools they need to achieve their goals.

Amanda volunteers at the Las Lomas College and Career Center, where she helps students research schools, presents to them, analyzes data on admissions requirements and student outcomes, and assists them in making informed decisions about their higher education. As a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), she stays up-to-date with the latest trends in the field and is well-equipped to guide students through the college application process. She also goes on college tours and attends IEC Conferences for professional development through these organizations.

With her qualifications, experience and passion for education, Amanda is well-equipped to help students achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

We do not succeed unless our students succeed!

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