Our Approach

Our Mission

Started in Vancouver BC Canada by an experienced, certified English instructor and former Educational Manager at Sylvan Learning Centre, Open Door Academy was created with a simple mission:  To create custom, results-oriented, and affordable learning plans for each and every student.

With that in mind, we set out to create a simple, yet effective method to offer our tutoring services.  We understand that every student is different, so we customize the way we teach.  After an initial consultation, we will work with you to create a learning plan that suits you or your child’s needs. Our plans range from help in official K-12 education curriculum courses, to custom one-on-one special needs tutoring in the Vancouver BC and Greater Vancouver area. We are experienced with all age groups, including adults and seniors.


Our Approach

Our approach and methodology focuses on five key elements to make your tutor sessions and learning experience as beneficial and convenient as possible.

1. Qualified and Experienced Tutors.

studentOur tutors’ qualifications are far-reaching, with tutors holding BC Teacher Certifications, bachelor degrees in Psychology, English, Business Administration, Science, and more. All of our tutors have proven teaching and one-on-one tutoring experience, coupled with a post-secondary degree (most have at least 5+ years of teaching experience). We also have tutors who are experienced and specialize in the Orton Gillingham Approach, and have worked extensively with special needs students. We will ensure you or your child is comfortable with the tutor that is chosen.



2. A custom tutoring program for each and every student.

pencil-rulerWe understand that every student is different, and reacts differently to a variety of teaching methods. In this regard, it is often difficult for students to learn and reach their potential in the school system. Open Door Academy students will be given a custom assessment to determine which skills require improvement.  Based on this custom assessment we will create a program to target those areas in order to bring students up to, and above grade level.  Follow-up parent meetings will be done on a regular basis to ensure that the curriculum is being delivered effectively, and that concerns are being addressed.  Our students will experience a learning program that suits their needs – one that focuses on reaching their full potential.



badge3. We motivate and instill confidence.

After our initial consultation, we will create a custom learning program that engages the student at a comfortable pace, yet is challenging enough to help them achieve their goals. Our step-by-step learning approach helps students gain the confidence and motivation required to achieve success. Our involvement working with special needs students has given us a wealth of experience in building confidence and motivation at a healthy learning pace.



4. We offer a wide range of subjects for all types of students.books

We understand that students may require diverse learning plans with multiple subjects. To that extent, we offer tutoring in many different courses and subjects, including all elementary school level and high school subjects. We also offer post-secondary,  adult-level tutoring, as well as college, university, and college-preparation help (including SAT, SSAT, and LPI prep). For ESL students, we have certified TESOL tutors for conversational English, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary, as well as TOEFL and TOEIC preparation. Please see our courses for our list of offerings.



5. We provide convenient and flexible learning locations.school-bus

We strive to provide our students with the best possible learning experience. That also means a convenient learning location and atmosphere for both students, and parents. For some parents and students that means in-house and home-schooling tutoring, and zero travel. For others that means getting dropped off or meeting at our Vancouver or Richmond tutors’ offices, or at a Burnaby library. Our tutors service the Vancouver, BC area, and throughout the Greater Vancouver area.  We also offer online web tutoring via video chat. Whatever your need, we can accommodate.