At ESM, our primary goal every day is to help our students realize their incredible potential. We inspire our students to believe in their capabilities and set lofty goals for themselves; we empower them to go above and beyond.
Through our passion for teaching, learning, and mentoring, our students see that being smart is not only okay, but actually very cool. We prove to them that they have cheerleaders, advisors, and supporters for life.
Our students mature into self-confident thinkers and doers, engaging fully with their material, speaking up in class, trying out for plays and sports, and achieving better grades. We support them every step of the way so they can reach their dreams.
Remember that everyone has a different story. Lead with empathy.
Be the mentors we wish we had when we were younger —and also be mentees ourselves.
Collaborate and connect with people across all backgrounds, ages, and interests.
Do the right thing. Know that people are looking to us to set an ethical example.
Make our love of learning infectious.
ESM has helped students from all walks of life gain admission to the most competitive universities in the world - from Harvard to Cal and everything in between.
of ESM students get into at least 1 of their top 3 schools
Simply put, our people are the best. Our staff comprises expert career mentors who are dedicated to fostering student excellence. With a cultivated commitment to ongoing professional development, our mentors are constantly learning, adding to ESM’s wealth of experience and expertise.
We pair each student with a specialized group of mentors and counselors who can best meet their individual needs and facilitate their ongoing success— from secondary school to college and beyond.
At ESM, we embrace the word mentor. We build meaningful, lasting relationships with our students. We engage students beyond academic support, offering holistic guidance and care. We’re more than tutors: we’re coaches, mentors, and friends.
ESM Prep was founded in Sacramento, California by Billy Downing. An alum of both Jesuit High School and UC Berkeley, Billy saw a need among local students for mentorship-based academic assistance. He founded ESM in 2011 with the goals of helping students find the right-fit college and promoting their success both in and out of the classroom. With its unique mentorship model and student-focused mission, ESM soon expanded to the Bay Area and now operates across the globe with offices in five cities.