At IVY PREP, we are devoted to the belief that being a successful student is achieved first and foremost through dedication to the fundamentals. We always start with a new student by assessing their ability in areas such as organization, motivation, focus, sense of ownership, and overall confidence in the classroom. Our Ivy Prep tutors do not simply teach Math or Writing, but assist their students with the learning process as a whole, equipping them with the skills to become responsible and successful students on their own. We set ambitious but achievable goals and foster confidence and a sense of accomplishment in our students as they make strides towards those goals. With the proper development of these fundamentals, good grades and strong test scores are soon to follow.
Ivy Prep was founded by two friends and colleagues, Alex Payne and Alex Caldwell, in late 2013 with the goal of helping students develop their academic abilities from the foundation up. Both founding members are committed to higher education, having attended the University of Southern California, Georgetown University, and Claremont McKenna College respectively. Along with their executive team of Ivy Prep Consults, both founders work directly with families to advise on a customized curriculum for their students, offering a personalized program of success, tailored to each student's individual needs.
Alex Caldwell holds a dual Bachelor of Economics and Government from Claremont McKenna College. He has been tutoring since 2006, and specializes in the humanities. In his spare time, Alex enjoys sailing, diving, surfing, and spearfishing.
Alex Payne holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. He has nearly a decade of tutoring experience in the sciences, specializing chemistry. When he isn’t in the classroom, Alex enjoys reading and staying physically active.
At IVY PREP, our rigorous hiring process ensures that we only hire the most qualified staff. We know families today have a wide variety of options for finding a tutor, which is why we differentiate ourselves with top tier tutor qualification and the ultimate in attentiveness and customer service. Our 15+ years of combined experience and extensive networks allow us to discern, test, and train unparalleled talent. Driven by a passion for helping students reach their full potential, Ivy Prep is committed to delivering a premium service at an affordable cost and creating a customized plan that serves each student's individual needs.
Our passion for helping students reach their full potential inspires us to do this work -
and the full IVY PREP team shares this passion.