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Lydian Academy Burlingame Featured in the 'Palo Alto Daily Post'

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Lydian Academy Burlingame was recently featured in the Palo Alto Daily Post. Read the profile in full below: 

Lydian Academy, which has provided a unique format of one-on-one education for Bay Area middle and high schoolers for 15 years, will open its second location in August in downtown Burlingame.

The new 7,200-square feet facility at 205 Park Road will offer individualized study pods in an open floor plan with a large study hall space.

Founded in 2006 in Menlo Park by local educator Rhonda Racine, Lydian Academy serves middle and high school students up and down the Peninsula, providing them with a unique opportunity to fully customize their educational plans and work on their own pace. Instead of being in a classroom that may not suit their needs, they learn one-on-one, paired with expert instructors in each subject. Scheduling is extremely flexible, depending on the individual student.

In this way, Lydian Academy can meet a variety of diverse students’ needs. They offer courses of study for advanced placement students, students in need of credit remediation, neurodiverse learners with diagnosed learning differences or health challenges, gifted and 2E students, and athletes and performers in need of flexible schedules while simultaneously pursuing a college preparatory education.

Lydian Academy is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All their high school courses are NCAA and UC/CSU-approved, and their students have been accepted to top colleges, including Stanford, Princeton, Cornell, UC Berkeley, Duke, and UCLA.

The new campus will be led by Christianna Cassio, who brings extensive experience to the role. Born and raised in San Mateo, Cassio began her career in one-to-one education more than 10 years ago, when personalized education was just emerging on the educational landscape. She has served in many roles in one-to-one schools, from counseling to admissions and outreach, and for the last six years as Head of School.

'I have seen firsthand the impact of compassionate, student-centric education in a personalized school and how life-changing it is for students and their families,' said Cassio.

Students agree.

'Lydian has the best teachers and offers the best education because it is 1:1 and can accommodate each student's own learning style', one student said in a recent school survey. Other students praised how freeing the flexible schedule can be.

Lydian Academy opens for the first day of school on Aug. 18. They look forward to being part of Burlingame’s vibrant downtown community, and the new location is within walking distance from Caltrain and easily accessible by Highway 101. For more information about Lydian Academy, call (650) 437-2633 or go to


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