Learn to Read SF & Marin

We teach kids (and adults!) to read.

The average LearnUp student learns to read in THREE months. 

One on one tutoring for all levels.

Free reading assessments. 

San Francisco


LearnUp Stories.

Watch Kevin as he transforms his reading.

As a 5th grader, Kevin was reading at low Kindergarten grade level when he enrolled in LearnUp. At school, Kevin was struggling to keep up with his classes and was unable to read even the most basic text. In less than 3 months of tutoring at LearnUp, Kevin went from a Non-Reader to Emerging Reader.

Read more LearnUp Stories. 

LearnUp’s program is super effective. Here’s why.

1. We lead with books.

Unlike most reading programs, we teach reading by reading Our proprietary age- and skill-level appropriate books that were written to correspond to the reading level of the program and to keep readers of all ages interested and engaged.  Our phonemically aligned books are a game changer — and our proprietary books are an X-factor in learning to read that no other program can match.

2. It’s an integrated reading program.

We incorporate the best methodologies from the foremost reading programs in the world (yes,  Orton-Gillingham forms the backbone, but we also draw from Lindamood-Bell, Slingerland, Alphabetic Phonics, and Whole Language), blending them together with the latest brain research on how the dyslexic brain functions. Our program is evidence-based

See the research.

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3. We don’t start over.

We offer multiple entry points to accommodate a student’s knowledge and background. We work with them from what they already know and understand. This approach quickly puts them into the right level and on a pathway to reading success.

Learn more about the program.

Read Nate’s LearnUp story of success! Watch Nate’s transformation as he learns to read.

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Get a FREE reading assessment.

Learning to read starts with a  Free reading assessment.

Unlike other reading programs, LearnUp reading assessments are fast—just 30 minutes. And they’re FREE! Our proprietary assessment process quickly puts the student at the correct entry point and on the path to reading success.

Our reading assessments are conducted with Steve Tattum, director and founder of our reading program. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with one of the national leaders in teaching reading.

Learn about how our assessments set your child at the right place and on the pathway to reading success. 

Schedule a FREE reading assessment.

Faster results. Better outcomes.

LearnUp teaches kids to read, not just make reading progress.

Read what parents, students, educators think about LearnUp Centers.

“I like it because it makes me happy. I can read bigger words. And can read by myself.”  — LearnUp Student

“LearnUp centers is amazing…he ended seven weeks later at a 4th-grade level where he should be but more importantly with a love of reading. For the first time ever we have seen him pick up a book and read without being asked to do it.” Mary Flynn, Parent

“AMAZING reading program!!! ”  Tatiana O’Donoghue, LearnUp parent

 “LearnUp is a miracle!” Dawn Gross, MD, PhD, LearnUp Parent

Read more testimonials from parents, students, and educators.

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Dyslexia and Learning Differences. 

For the 20% of our population living with some form of dyslexia, and who will struggle to learn how to read without an effective structured phonics reading program (simple phonics and a reading rich culture are not enough!), LearnUp provides a fast and effective program.

Key components of the LearnUp reading program:

  • It is a Structured-Literacy program
  • We use original and exciting, phonemically aligned, reading books
  • LearnUp is constantly updating and incorporating the latest in neuro research of the reading brain to improve the delivery and content of the program
  • LearnUp pedagogy is youth and ADD/ADHD friendly
  • It is NOT boring!

Learn more about LearnUp Centers reading program.

LearnUp Centers teaches all levels and types of readers. 

Here is a partial list of who should have a reading assessment:

  • Anyone, at any age, who is learning to read.
  • Any struggling reader–with or without a diagnosis of dyslexia.
  • Adults who read below career readiness level.
  • Patients with reading issues caused by brain injury or stroke.
  • Kids who are having comprehension issues.
  • Students who are smart, but low-performing.
  • Kids who hate to read.
  • Students who perform poorly on reading tests, but show aptitude and smarts.
  • Children who would prefer to distract, disturb or cut-out, rather than read.
  • Kids who can’t spell worth a bean.
  • Young adults who have been told they will never learn to read.

Schedule a FREE reading assessment. 

San Francisco Based Nonprofit

Thanks to a partnership with La Boulangerie bakery, LearnUp is housed in corporate offices above the Pine St. bakery in San Francisco.

LearnUp’s One for One model provides scholarships that teach lifelong reading skills to deserving children.

Support LearnUp Centers and/or learn about our One for One Scholarship Program.

Want to visit the clinic and see what the program in action? Come on by!