Seashore Academy provides families with both the quality of an elite private education as well as the flexibility and freedom provided to homeschoolers. Families may customize each student’s academic schedule to best suit the individual needs of each child.
We are dedicated to creating a safe, nurturing environment where students love to learn. We are a community focused on instilling strong moral character and values in our students.
Our program is an excellent fit for families who desire a flexible schedule. We custom-tailor education plans for all of our students. Our model works exceptionally well for competitive athletes, performers, and families who travel or live in multiple locations. Any student that finds a flexible schedule beneficial will love being part of Seashore. While our full-time, five-day-a-week program is our most popular, families can choose to have their students attend one, two, three, or five days.
Every Tuesday through Thursday, we focus on instilling academic core concepts in math, English, science, and social studies. Expanding learning on Mondays and Fridays, we specialize in exploring the same four core subjects with hands-on practical approaches. For example, students explore cross-curricular concepts like math and writing for financial management and marketing in their entrepreneurship class.
Acceleration & Customization
Teachers work closely with students to determine academic progress and proper grade-level placement for each subject. Data is used to provide an individualized education plan focused on student interests, strengths, and areas of improvement. Students at varying grade levels for different subjects work at their own pace to master concepts.
We are passionate about igniting a lifetime love of learning. At Seashore, we encourage children to think outside the box, try new activities, fail, make mistakes, and get back up to try again. We seek to develop creativity, joy, and GRIT in our students.
These two TED talks speak to our goals for our students:
Critical Mass Business Talk Show: Ric Franzi Interviews the Founder of Seashore Academy, Marlene Dandler
Marlene Sheehan Dandler is the Founder of Seashore Academy. Marlene graduated from Lakeside School in Seattle, WA, in 1994. She went on to study at Dartmouth College. Before graduating from there in 1998, she had the unique opportunity to study abroad at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, and the Beijing Normal University in China.
While at Dartmouth, Marlene worked as a German language instructor for Professor John Rassias, the creator of the Rassias Method. A unique, intensive language immersion technique used by the Peace Corps to master a foreign language in 10 days.
After getting married and starting their family, Marlene and her husband decided to immerse their three children in Mandarin Chinese to prepare them for future business and work opportunities. When her three children were ready to begin their education, Marlene visited over two dozen public, charter, and private schools, searching for an academically intensive, nurturing, foreign language immersion school. None of them suited the needs of her family. There were no Mandarin immersion programs in Orange County at the time.
Marlene spearheaded a successful effort to launch a public Mandarin immersion district school in Orange, CA, which still operates today. While building the program, she homeschooled her children with the help of a private Mandarin tutor.
Marlene’s unique college experience with the revolutionary method of rapid, effective language acquisition, the Rassias Method, impressed Marlene greatly and inspired the foundation of Seashore Academy’s language immersion philosophy. Today, all the children in the Seashore Mandarin program, including Marlene’s three children, speak, read, and write Mandarin Chinese in traditional characters.
All students study in an academically accelerated environment and enjoy free time to read and play.