Achievers - Assisted Learning centre

About Us

We are a small cottage school in Olivedale.

We tutor children between the ages of 9 and 18.

The school is well suited to children who don’t fit into the mainstream environment. This may be that they have inquiring minds that leave them bored and frustrated in a traditional classroom, or they may need more one on one attention.

We aim to reawaken a love of learning by discovering the children’s interests, providing hands on activities, games and experiments related to what we are learning about.

We don’t only look at the curriculum related work but also take each child’s interests into consideration – be it programming, cooking, building bridges, or even dress making.

We aim to build healthy self-esteem in each child by recognising and celebrating their uniqueness and talents. The more enjoyment there is in learning, the more time is spent, and this makes a tremendous difference with proficiency.

Philosophy is provided as a subject (P4C) with the most interesting critical thinking and cognitive thinking.

Remediation is offered.

Social skills are taught and emotional intelligence built.

A formal curriculum can be followed, if required.

Costs R4000 per month. If paid before the first of the month, a discount of R300 is awarded.

Check out this video of the children ...



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The Team

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Lauren ...

Lauren Heather Gordon
My name is Lauren Gordon ...
I have been teaching children of all ages since graduating from the Montessori academy in 1997. I have attempted to pursue other careers such as working in a project office, however, I kept coming back to my passion - teaching.
My son was battling in a mainstream school three years ago, which made me decide to homeschool him. I found it to be such a rewarding experience and he was a much happier child because of it. I then decided to offer this type of education to other children who were also not coping in such a rigid environment.
I feel that children need to be free to explore and discover their environment to find their own interests and passions. This in turn reignites a love for learning. Education to me is not just about sitting at a desk doing worksheets. It is about doing something they love, something that comes naturally to all children. Learning through DOING.

Jingles ...

Hi My name is Jingles ...
I got my name as I was born around Christmas time.
I am a Maltese poodle. I have many years experience with children. I am very patient, loving and playful.
I have been around for 8 years. The children just love to take me for walks. They also love to play fetch with me. I am also there to give out free cuddles when needed.

Waffles ...

Hi! My name is Waffles and I am a new addition to the family.
I am a rescue.
I am not sure what breed I am but love hugs and cuddles.

Just one of many letters written to Lauren ...

February 6, 2017
Teacher Lauren Gordon
Achievers Learning Centre
Dear Achievers Learning Centre:
On behalf of myself, 2 children (Skye 10 years, River 9 years) and my niece (Dylan 8 years), thank you for
assisting our children in years 2015 and 2016 with their required needs which includes the following excellent
 Schooling;
 Emotional assistance in their challenging traumatic time
 Fun in learning
 Recognizing their individual requirements in learning and their emotional wellbeing
 School plays and concerts
 Communication and comfort
 Good discipline and commitment
We thank you in assisting them grow in their difficult times and preparing them for school and acknowledging
their development and challenges. Achievers Learning Centre has been big role in their lives and we are sad
to leave. You have given us the highest level of customer satisfaction possible. Your service has been greatly
appreciated and our children are confident to take their next steps in education. They talk about you often
and we will always keep our relationships with you.
Again, thank you for your excellent service and commitment to the biggest treasures we have.
Kind regards,
Tamaryn Dylan
Caring Mother (Cell: 082 8507661)

Some compliments I have received during the lockdown.

*Lauren thank you for this week. Žiks has enjoyed it so much 🌸🌸 I think they have enjoyed getting together online and seeing you. It's all new but you guys have done great. *I must just say, I for one think you've got it waxed😁*Totally agreed.thx Lauren *Agreed. Thank you Lauren. And a BIG thank you to you and all the kids 💪🏻 *Hi Lauren, I have to jump on the band wagon and also thank you. Your time and effort spent keeping our kids up to date in my opinion has been extraordinary. * Sorry...only seeing messages now....and definitely agree....huge credit and thanks to Lauren🌸❤️🌸❤️🌸❤️🌸❤️🌸❤️🌸❤️🌸❤️🌸❤️🌸❤️🌸❤️🌸❤️ *Yes, thank you so much Lauren, you're a star! *Absolutely 👊🏽😁 *The only complaint I am getting from Bella "i want to go back to school" - said no kid ever in my days * I totally agree. Lauren was Antonio's first care giver almost 16 year's ago in Optify Baby. She was awesome then and has only grown and become more passionate about her children over the years. We often never take the time out to thank people in our lives and Express the appreciation they add to us our lives. So I totally agree and I am grateful to you Lauren for everything you do for all our kids and for our families. And just always having a ear and broad shoulders for our families drama's. Thank you for everything-->

GED® Centre

The GED® centre is for children aged 16 and up. It is for children who are battling in mainstream. Children who would like to finish school to study further or pursue their own interests and even open up their own business.

The GED® credential is recognised by SAQA as being comparable to the SA National Senior Certificate (NSC- Grade 12) or NQ4 level.

The GED® exam is also internationally recognised as a high school leavers equivalent. This is good news for adults or homeschoolers who did not get their matric and allows them to get better jobs, or study further in South Africa or internationally. Once you receive a letter of admission from a US university, you can apply to any South African University. You can contact the GED® head office for a full list of universities and institutions who have accepted GED® candidates already or read their testimonial page. follow this link

Cooking School


Children from the age of Seven can attend the classes in the afternoons. Times are from 2-4 weekdays.

They need not be accompanied by their mums for these classes. The children will learn how to make sweet and savoury dishes that are not only nutritious but also delicious! They will learn to follow recipes and use measuring cups and scales.

Dishes will include but are not limited to the following:-

 • Macaroni cheese (one of their favourites)

 • Spaghetti bolognaise

 • Scones

 • Flapjacks

 • Muffins

 • Crepes

 • Bread

 • Salads

 • Different potato dishes

 • Stews

 • Soups

Children will also learn the cooking terminology such as:-

Bake; baste; batter; beat; blend; dice; drizzle; dust; flambe; fold; fry; glaze; grate; gratin; knead.

Working mums wont have to worry about making dinner anymore, your children will have it sorted for you when you get home !!

Fees - R200 per lesson. Children will take their meals home for all to taste.

A different dish will be learnt each week. No more than 5 children per session, so booking in advance is essential.

We are a small cottage school in Olivedale.
We currently cater for ages 9-18 years.
Our hours are ...
Monday to Friday from 8:30am until 1:00pm
We follow the four term government School calendar.

Give Lauren a call on:
083 300 5583

or email Lauren direct:

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