Armenta Learning Academy

  • Armenta Learning Academy's mission is to empower and encourage children to reach their full potential no matter what their learning needs.
  • Some children are gifted and need to be challenged to stretch themselves to be the best they can be.
  • Others have learning disabilities and need extra attention and care to ensure they have every opportunity to succeed.
  • All students, gifted, disabled or anything in between can benefit from our non-traditional approach to learning.
  • We believe tailoring our programs to each students individual needs, optimizes their chances of having a pleasant, enriching and successful school career.

School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedSpecial Needs
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesEach program is tailored to the individual student.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students10 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Armenta Learning Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size1 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesEach program is tailored to the individual student.


Total Sports Offered1 sport
SportsIntramural Sports OnlyIntramural Sports Only

School Notes

  • EditJust some of the great services we offer:
  • Non-Traditional School Programs
  • On-Site and Off-Site Tutoring
  • Classes for Credit
  • Early Graduation Options
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • Special Needs Support 
  • Fall and College Prep
  • Gifted/Accelerated Studies
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • La Palma
    Beacon Day School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-12 | 77 students
    29.5 miles
    24 Centerpointe Dr
    La Palma, CA 90623
    (714) 288-4200
    29.5 1-12
  • Santa Ana
    The Open School
    The Open School Photo
    Alternative School
    Grades: K-12 | 26 students
    17.6 miles
    2625 N. Tustin Ave
    Santa Ana, CA 92705
    (714) 326-9736
    17.6 K-12
  • Laguna Niguel
    Grades: PK-5 | 141 students
    1.3 miles
    29028 Aloma Avenue
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
    (949) 495-5162
    1.3 PK-5
  • Laguna Niguel
    Ocean View School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 6-12 | 53 students
    3.1 miles
    30131 Town Center Dr Ste 280
    Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
    (949) 855-0408
    3.1 6-12
  • Anaheim
    Grades: 1-12 | 119 students
    26.5 miles
    2530 W La Palma Ave
    Anaheim, CA 92801
    (714) 995-1800
    26.5 1-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (17 reviews)
I would rate them 10 stars if I could. ALA has helped my 10-year-old daughter in many aspects she was diagnosed with ADHD and had some learning disabilities and needed help with math, reading, communication skills and she had a hard time staying focused. I signed her up at ALA and it was the best thing I have done for my daughter's life. Mr. Smith has helped her with her math and reading skills, and with his extensive knowledge, patience and kindness both her math and reading skills have increased tremendously just in the first 2 weeks and continues to grow. They also do fun things with the children's arts and crafts and field trips. I would refer any parent or parents who have a child or children, with any type of learning disabilities to sign them up for this school. Mrs. Armenta is a fabulous teacher, leader, educator and inspiration who has help my daughter in many aspects in her education and confidence. You can see that she has the drive and passion to do what she loves to do and making a big difference in these family's and children's lives. I have spent so much money on other schools and have not really worked until I got my daughter into the ALA and it worked so well and quickly and efficiently. I am so pleased to see my daughter and other children thrive, learn and be educated in a safe and clean environment. They not only work with special needs children. But gifted and regular education students are a nice combination of small sizes individualized instruction and getting the best results ever. They were also voted as the best special needs tutor in Orange County, CA. That also says a lot and they have proved it in every move they make with these special children. They were also voted as the best special needs tutor in Orange County that says a lot and they have proved it with every move they make with the children.,
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When Andrew first began attending Armenta Learning Academy, the teaching team noticed his high energy level and impulsive nature. He struggled with participation. At first, we attributed his characteristics to age by convincing ourselves he was just young and needed some time and support. But after a few months, we had ongoing concerns and began to address the possibility of a need for a support plan/team. They have flexible learning techniques designed to reach all students, regardless of their ability to learn. We love the small classrooms, allowing each student to receive personalized attention and tutoring. Raising a child with special needs can be very isolating. Since connecting with Julie and her staff at Armenta Learning Academy, I now feel a part of something larger, and my base of support has grown significantly. He is able to participate in all activities now. His attention span has grown, and he has become a role model for the other children. We're so thankful and very pleased to see such wonderful progress and growth in his attitude and learning abilities. Thank you, Julie and the staff at Armenta Learning Academy for changing Andrew's and our lives in the right direction and for tailoring everything to fit the needs Andrew has. Diana
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Armenta Learning Academy is a such a wonderful place to work! Mrs. Armenta, my boss, sets the tone with her loving and passionate nature. She, as well as the other teachers, made me feel at home as soon as I walked in the door. She is highly invested in all the students that come to the Academy-- challenging them to reach their fullest potential. The kids literally come running in to learn-- highly recommend for kids of all ages and all abilities!
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Nothing but great things to say about this school. I didn't think I could afford a private school that was this great and placed such a strong emphasis on academics. Boy, was I wrong. My kid was shown so much love and attention and we (his parents) thought he had ADHD when he first started. However, the staff went above and beyond to make sure he could reach his potential. We stopped his therapy because his behavior and learning improved so much after attending this wonderful school. Don't hesitate to send your kids in full confidence that they'll be in good hands. Mrs. Armenta is such a blessing.
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Being an educator at the Armenta Learning Academy has been a joy. The students and staff members are respectful, responsible, organized and accountable. Having been a teacher in different districts for the past few years, I have found it crucial to be interactive with the student's and teacher's in order to keep the schools environment lively. Mrs. Armenta is an incredible educator and boss. I look up to her as a mentor and a friend. She is thoroughly interested and vested in all her staff members and students' lives. She greets them with a smile and either a hug, fist pump or whatever the student prefers at the front door. The enrollment process is a hand-on, and Mrs. Armenta creates an attainable yet challenging goal for individual students. The educators are collaborative and help each other in times of need. The classroom environment is lively, engaging, interactive, enjoyable, and the classroom is organized. There is a trail right across the street from the Armenta Learning Academy where the students can walk on their break if they need one. For safety purposes they are always assisted and taken by a staff member. Several of the students know one another and have become a tribe or a family over the years. Frequently they will ask each other questions about their experiences, weekends, vacations, etc. I am blessed to have found the Armenta Learning Academy and to be on an incredible team teaching such wonderful students.
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Mrs. Armenta just gets it! She knows what to do with my child. I have gone to so many places, spent so much money, and nothing has helped! But this program, and Mrs. Armenta has helped immensely and we are so excited to finally find a place that is safe, nurturing and effective. Mrs Armenta is an expert with these kids and definitely knows what shes doing. We are thrilled with the success in such a short time! We have heard such great things, but this is greater than imagined. We are so excited to share with other families that need a program like this. To come in with such love, nurturing, and expertise is a miracle. I have been searching for 5 years now. 10 stars. I highly recommend!!
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My daughter has succeeded tremendously since she started at ALA! We are so grateful for all the hard work from Mrs. Armenta and Mr.Smith. My daughter loves her time at ALA, and has gone up 3 grade levels since we started. All the teachers know what they're doing, and you can tell they love teaching! Whenever we walk in it is immediate happiness and good vibes. I recommend ALA to all my friends, and family! Thank you guys so much!!!
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My experice at this school has been nothing but the best! I am so happy to say that I am apart of Armenta Learning Academy. We want to meet all your children needs, and help out as much as we can wherever we can! We specialize in teaching kids with learning disabilities and special needs. Everything is done with love and a positive outlook. I would (and do) recommend this learning academy to everyone I know who can benefit from it!
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ALA has been a blessing to our family in many aspects far beyond the academic scope that I originally signed my son up for attend. Mr. Smith & Mrs. Julie Armenta have quickly been able to touch my 13yr old son so deeply that his overall demeanor is more pleasant & positive. Not to mention, my son is also being more accountable for himself and his actions and that far exceeds just academics!! The scope of what my son has already obtained from just the few short months and minimal hours per week is unimaginable. The development of character is a process that includes social-emotional development, maturity, decision making with attention to mental health as well and that is not something that is easy to find but i can assure you that can be found within the doors of ALA! Armenta Learning Academy is a blessing to our family and i`m grateful for all the accomplishments that have already been made. Thank You Armenta for all you've done & will do!! Much Love Always!!!
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They strive in teaching the kids respect with others, and building your character. They even have classes for social skills for success, which teaches them basic manners etiquette, respect, esteem building, and being the best person you can be! They specialize in teaching kids with learning disabilities, and special needs. All teachers were trained on how to teach everyone the correct way and with respect and love. My child has been very successful in all of her school work since she started attending here and I am so grateful for Mrs. Armenta and Mr. Smith for everything that have done and continue to do. If you live in the area I would 100% recommend checking out this academy, you will not be dissapointed.
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If you are in the Orange County Southren California area and you are looking for homeschooling opportunities, special needs education, one on one tutoring, even want to prepare for college. I Highly recommend Armenta Learning Academy! I have seen first hand how Mrs. Armenta and staff work with each student and teach by the student's learning style it's incredible. They have been doing this for 30 years and seeing their students succeed is amazing!
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We were pleased with the home school program and how it transformed our daughter who had challenges at her former school. She was able to concentrate and learn. Mrs. Armenta helped her regain her confidence. They take extra care with these kids not just academically but socially and emotionally. Mrs. Armenta also helped to foster my child`s love of writing and art. She made sure the homeschool students got plenty of sunshine and exercise during the day. There is a beautiful walking trail across the street that provides for nature experiences which my child absolutely loved. I willBe forever grateful for Mrs. Armenta for helping get my child back! She truly cares about her students. We feel like we are a part of the family there.
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My nephew was diagnosed early in life with autism/aspergers, OCD, and ADD. He is going into his junior year of college and has been having a very difficult time dealing with school, depression and several other social issues. I reached out to Mrs. Armenta and scheduled an appointment with Mr. Smith, needless to say they have given him the tools and support that he needed to help him! Mr. Smith has shown him that his conditions are not disabilities but actually assets and how to utilize these assets to his advantage! He looks forward to future sessions at the Armenta learning academy. I highly recommend this Academy to any parent who has a child that is struggling, get them the help that they need at this Academy. I can`t thank them enough!
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I LOVE ARMENTA LEARNING ACADEMY! I love Mr. Smith and how patient he is with Ari. It's funny to see them together from years ago when Ari was younger and smaller until now. I love when Mr. Smith shares much needed, meaningful life lessons to Ari. It's good for Ari to be introduced to those life lessons in addition to his regular school work. I know it's not always easy Mr. Smith, but I really do appreciate you and your hard efforts to try to reinforce knowledge into Ari. I appreciate how you try to teach him to respect others. I appreciate all of your support over the years. MANY THANK YOUS!
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Armenta's teachers take a personal approach to teaching the children. Combined with a grouped effort from teacher to teacher.I've seen my friends children's progress far above what they ever did when they were in public school. In a shorter amount of time.Their teachers are very educated and teach the children respect as they give the children respect. They are building leaders.They give the children the tools they need to get through life. They teach integrity, compassion and respect not just by basic words but through their actions to the children.+They teach at the children's learning level. They make a good assessment at the beginning to find out where the child is learning and they make the curriculum at the level that's comfortable for the child. Then they start to raise the curriculum level slowly so the child starts learning at a higher level.They simply don't tolerate bullying. They tell the children and parents that at the beginning. If it happens they deal with it immediately. Mrs. Armenta, Mr. Smith and staff are absolutely wonderful and can change your children's lives.
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I want to give a five star review for Julie and her staff, they are absolutely wonderful!!! if you're on the fence about finding the perfect people to help your children. Don't hesitate.
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It was very pleasant meeting Mrs Julie and Mr Smith. Mrs Julie is very sweet and welcoming. My daughter is very excited to be part of this amazing academy. As soon as we walked in we felt the family atmosphere. I am looking forward to my daughter's first day!!!
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