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Tutoring Services - Entrance Exam Preparation - Academic Counseling


Excellence in Academics has been providing quality customized tutoring for college-bound students on the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding areas since 1994.

Recognized by educators in central CA for our quality one-on-one instruction, we are well versed in the curriculum requirements needed to pass secondary school and college entrance exams.  We help students with special learning challenges in mathematics.

We offer tutoring in:

Math Formulas


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ESL (in all subjects)

Embryonic Stem Cells


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Chemistry Class


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We are proud to have assisted many students to be accepted to prestigious universities and competitive private schools as York School, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Santa Catalina, achieving high scores on their entrance exams. In addition, we prepare students for the SAT, ACT, PSAT, GMAT, SSAT and the CBEST and have our own nine-week individualized courses to dramatically elevate scores on the SAT and ACT.



Since 1994 Kim Von Berg  has been helping her students achieve, “Excellence in Academics.”

Ms. Von Berg has become known as an adolescent and parent-child dynamics expert.

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We also offer supportive services such as teen/young adult coaching to improve motivation and success, skills to reduce test anxiety, assistance with the college application process and training of students and parents to assert themselves with teachers and administrators to optimize their child’s learning. We consider ourselves a teenage advocate and offer whatever support is needed to ensure that the teen’s best interests are honored.

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Each student has specific needs, learning challenges or not, and we are proud of our success record founded on our attentiveness to the individual.


Our motto is: we listen first, then teach.

Ask us also about our online tutoring services via Zoom or Skype.  We strive to provide a wide variety of support for the overall success of teens and young adults!


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Karen Thompson
Carmel, CA

My daughter would not be at UCLA this year if it weren't for Excellence in Academics - and Kim Von Berg. Kim helped us work through our conflicts in communication to clear the obstacles that were in the way of my daughter's motivation. Now, my daughter is actually excited about her future! Also, the SAT course and the guidance of Excellence in Academics through the maze of college application complications was invaluable.

Chalkboard with Different Languages

Salinas, CA

We asked for Kim Von Berg to help with my son, Kyle, learn Geometry, since we were told she even teaches math teachers how to teach high school Geometry. She has a way of explaining Geom. in simple terms that Kyle could easily understand. She related to him easily & made him feel comfortable. He so rarely opens up to adults, so my wife & I were more than pleased with his progress - on many levels! We drove from Salinas to the Monterey office but didn't mind this distance at all - given the many gains that we saw Kyle make. We had tried many tutors & teachers before - and no one made this kind of progress with him!

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Tanisha W
Monterey, CA

I want to go to university & be on a college softball team - but my SAT scores were what was always holding me back. I have ADHD and dyslexia & was given time and a half to take it, but I still kept scoring incredibly low. With Kim & Lisa's awesome patience & teaching abilities, I managed to up my score by 400 points! That Excellence in Academics 9 week course is the most amazing course! Thank you, Kim & Lisa!


Tutoring Services - Entrance Exam Preparation - Academic Counseling
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335 Eldorado Street . Suite 10A . Monterey

California  93940

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