by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Tyler McElhaney

1:1 Classes

Halstrom Academy Provides Students with Individualized and Flexible Learning Options

Halstrom Academy was started in 1985 by Karen Bishop, an educator who wanted to create a more personalized and flexible approach to learning for students who have unique circumstances, such as actors, athletes, students with ADD, ADHD or social anxiety and students who wish to learn at their own pace and accelerate their learning. Flexible scheduling options and the 1:1 student teacher ratio differentiate Halstrom from the traditional school model. Students who attend Halstrom Academy are given the opportunity to become self-directed learners, creative problem solvers, effective communicators and active participants in their communities while they prepare for successful college and working careers. According to Halstrom Academy Carlsbad, they offer robust college preparatory and Advanced Placement programs, as well as 1:1 SAT preparation, college counseling and tutoring.

As stated by Halstrom educators, the school provides a small, caring environment that fosters strong three-way communication between parents, students and teachers. This communication allows students to flourish in an educational model that is tailored specifically to their individual needs and learning styles. Technology is a large part of Halstrom’s commitment to enhancing student and teacher communication. Both students and teachers use iPads that are loaded with eTextbooks and other educational applications. According to Halstrom Academy, technology can help teachers provide students with real life examples to make material more relevant. For example, it is not unusual for literature teachers to use visual arts, movies and/or music to complement the core curriculum.

What I really like about Halstrom is the 1:1 teaching and how they are able to cater to my needs as a professional athlete.” ~ Jacob, 2013 National Scholastic Surfing Association West Coast Men’s Champion.

The student population at Halstrom Carlsbad is comprised of young entrepreneurs, community volunteers, strong leaders and professional athletes. Jacob Szekely is an excellent example of a student athlete who directly benefits from the flexibility offered by Halstrom Academy. “What I really like about Halstrom is the 1:1 teaching and how they are able to cater to my needs as a professional athlete,” said Jacob, 2013 National Scholastic Surfing Association West Coast Men’s Champion. According to Jacob, attending Halstrom has allowed him to receive a top-notch education, as well as to focus on his professional surfing career.
Along with flexibility and customized learning plans, Halstrom Academy is also a place where students can engage in extracurricular and social activities, such as field trips and a variety of clubs that enhance coursework and allow students to form strong friendships. For more information about the unique educational opportunities provided by Halstrom Academy visit or call 866-537-1195.


Name of School: Halstrom Academy halstrom02
Carlsbad Campus Director: Rosemaria Pagarigan
Year Established: 1985
Address: 705 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 350, Carlsbad, CA 92011
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Phone Number: 866-537-1195
Description of Business: Halstrom offers 1:1 classes, a technology enriched curriculum, flexible scheduling options and content mastery for students in grades 6 through 12. Halstrom is WASC accredited, UC/CSU certified and NCAA approved, and has nine campuses in Southern California, including San Diego, Carlsbad, Mission Viejo, Huntington Beach, Anaheim Hills, Manhattan Beach, Brentwood, Pasadena and Woodland Hills.