About Cardinal Education

Cardinal Education provides educational consulting services and personalized, expert tutoring to augment your child's education. We exclusively focus onindividualized goals, needs, and abilities, taking a holistic approach to develop young adults to be successful in their academic and extracurricular pursuits. From early academic planning to college admissions, Cardinal Education is firmly committed to the very best for you and your child.




Cardinal Education Scholars (CES) is a multiyear, cohort-based program that intervenes in the academic paths of Bay Area middle-school students who, though committed to their studies, face an exceptional number of barriers to success as a result of their families’ modest financial resources and limited cultural and social capital. CES integrates individualized academic mentoring and community building to support and enrich the intellectual and personal development of small cohorts of students each year.

CES is a charitable program that was launched and is run by the Cardinal Education Foundation, a non-profit foundation founded by Allen Koh. Cardinal Education allows the CES program free use of Cardinal Education’s intellectual property, resource and teaching library, and office space. Its staff volunteer their time and expertise to promote the non-profit program’s success. Because of this open structure, CES students receive academic coaching and support of the same caliber as the elite services provided to Cardinal Education’s families.

Mission Statement

Cardinal Education Scholars offers elite academic consulting services to driven Bay Area middle-school students from lower socio-economic status and otherwise disadvantaged backgrounds.  By providing demanding and individualized academic skills coaching as well as one-on-one tutoring at no cost to students’ families, Cardinal Education Scholars substantively intervenes in the academic and personal trajectories of its students by lessening the salience of raced and classed achievement gaps in their lives.


The CES pilot program was launched in partnership with the Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club (MPBGC) in the 2014-15 academic year. Each cohort is made up of 5 – 8 motivated, diligent, and positively-minded Scholars from supportive families. CES is structured around four regular activities: 1) once-weekly instructional group sessions, 2) Saturday homework sessions, 3) mandatory Friday study halls with parent supervisors, optional daily study halls to ensure access to academic support and mentoring, and 4) one-on-one academic coaching.

Selection of CES students and families is based on a number of criteria, but we are most interested in motivation, a past record of academic discipline and commitment, and demonstrated need. Currently, CES recruits from students at about one dozen schools, and as of the 2017-18 academic year, its student body is represented at eleven schools.

Affiliated Organizations

Cardinal Education Scholars has developed partnerships with the following organizations in order to promote its students’ success:

  • The Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club
  • The Bay Area Youth Agency Consortium (BAYAC) Americorps
  • Daly City’s Garnet J. Robertson Intermediate School
  • San Francisco’s Our Lady of the Visitacion School
  • Daly City’s John F. Kennedy Elementary School, which advertises, nominates, and provides school records and recommendations for select fifth-grade students.
  • San Francisco’s School of the Epiphany
  • Daly City’s Fernando Rivera Middle School
  • Daly City’s Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School
  • The Magis Summer Program at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School in San Francisco

Initial Results

  • In the 2014-15 cohort, which is the first one, 86% of students were accepted to their first-choice high school. Some of the schools students were admitted to include:

    o   Archbishop Riordan High School
    o   Crystal Springs Uplands School
    o   Eastside College Preparatory School
    o   Head-Royce School
    o   Immaculate Conception Academy
    o   Junipero Serra High School
    o   Lick-Wilmerding High School
    o   Mercy High School (San Francisco)
    o   Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
    o   Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School
    o   Saint Ignatius
    o   The Bentley School
    o   The College Preparatory School

  • The 2014-15 cohort earned a total of over $1.4 million in merit- and need-based aid for their four years in high school.
  • In 2014-15, student GPAs organically increased an average of .41 from the time that they began the program to the end of the year without any explicit attention to school grades or homework.
  • In 2014-15, the average student reading level increased by two grade-levels
  • On the middle-school SSAT, a test for private school admissions, students in the 2014-15 cohort increased their scores by an average of 42% on verbal, 46% on reading, and 133% on quantitative reasoning over the course of their first academic year. By the time that they took the high school SSAT, they were competitive for some of the very best schools in the Bay Area.
  • 44% of 2014-15 cohort students were accepted to and received scholarships to attend Magis, a competitive summer program at Saint Ignatius College Preparatory High School in San Francisco, and 63% of 2015-16 cohort students were accepted to the program this year.
  • 100% of 2015-16 and 2014-15 students were accepted to external programs for the summer of 2016, and 100% of the students and their younger siblings participated in summer enrichment.