Welcome to the Active Reading Center (ARC)

We reopened our center for in-person one-on-one lessons on June 1st, 2021, right on time for our Summer Intensive Program! We continue to offer online one-on-one lessons as well.

The Active Reading Center is the premier resource for struggling readers in the Bay Area. We are physician recommended and have been opening the doors to literacy success since 1991.

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for all ages!
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Newbery, Caldecott,
Belpré, Sibert, Geisel,
and Batchelder
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The Active Reading Center Provides:

  • Caring, experienced teachers
  • Exclusive use of  Reading Revolution ™ curriculum
  • Customized lessons for each student
  • Effective one-on-one instruction
  • Engaging activities
  • Year-round program for all ages
  • Research-based, multi–sensory methods
  • Non-profit organization

Activity Based Learning

Our teaching is activity-based. Skills are formed through a thorough, systematic progression that builds confidence through a series of manageable challenges. ARC teaching is based on the Reading Revolution™ method, a phonic, literature-based program which engages every  learning pathway through MULTI-SENSORY ACTIVITIES. These include: physical activities such as treasure hunts and races, interactive games, songs, manipulatives, and many other language opportunities.
The resulting program is fun and effective —
especially for the most challenged learners!