Santa Barbara County’s Favorite Tutoring, Test Prep & College Counseling Center

Helping Students Succeed from Grade School Through College for Over 30 Years!


Whether a student is struggling in school, needs an extra push, or wants some academic enrichment, there are many reasons to choose tutoring for your child. One-on-one tutoring provides personalized attention, academic reinforcement, and is tailored to a student’s individual learning style. This helps students develop better study skills, build confidence, and improve their knowledge base.


Test preparation is a good idea to help students build confidence, reduce stress and do the best they can. Increasing a test score results in a favorable outcome and is a meaningful step along the educational path. Learning how to take a test is as important as the content and we guide students through the test prep journey. We offer intensive courses for the ACT/SAT/PSAT and AP exams.


College admissions is more competitive than ever. With over 3,000 4-year universities in the US, there is an overwhelming number of schools to research and choose from. We understand what it means to find the right fit for each unique student. We guide students (and families) through all the steps of the college application process. Our center offers a comprehensive assortment of packages.


The California Learning Center now provides convenient supervised test proctoring services for an assortment of tests, including those for distance and e-learners.


Our articles target all ages and are intended to give practical ideas and suggestions about learning, education, heading to college, and more.


Enhance your skills with our Summer Academic Programs.
College App Workshops prepare high school seniors for the college application process.


The California Learning Center is a full-service tutoring, test prep, and college counseling center. We are an independent, locally owned business that has been in Santa Barbara since 1984.  Local educator, Wendi Ostroff, has been the owner/director since 2013. Our program is based on meeting the individual needs of every student. We serve students from San Luis Obispo to Ventura, including Santa Barbara, Montecito, Goleta, Carpinteria, Summerland, and the Santa Ynez Valley. We also tutor students across the USA and internationally via Skype and Zoom .


Less Stressed

Wendi at California Learning Center cares about each of her students succeeding. Her approach in preparing my daughter for the ACT has been beneficial in making her feel less stressed and by providing her with the strategic tools to pace herself during the four hour exam.

Your Class Really Helped Me

I just wanted to tell you that I got a 32 on the September ACT, that’s 3 points higher than the first time I took it! I think that your class is really what helped me. Thanks so much!

More Confident

Wendi at California Learning Center was a big help when my son needed to tweak his score. She accommodated not only our crazy schedule, but also a unexpected last minute reschedule. I really wasn’t expecting her to be able to do that but she really helped us out…

Supportive Environment

My daughter struggles with some learning deficits along with gaps in her language arts and math skills. Wendi and the tutors at the CLC listened to us, as parents, and our daughter, to devise a thorough learning plan over the summer that took into account her busy schedule of work, summer school, and friends, in an effort to “fill in the blanks,” yet challenge her in a supportive environment.


Wendi Ostroff worked for years as a sixth grade teacher at Roosevelt School and was extremely well liked by all of the parents and children she taught. As a parent and volunteer in her classroom, I can say that her teaching was exceptional because of her energy, focus, professionalism, meticulousness and most of all, because she really took the time to get to know and appreciate each child for his or her own merits.

A Love For Learning

I highly recommend CLC! My son, Jack, struggled in math his first year of junior high school. CLC was not only able to teach him the concepts he struggled with but also instill a love for learning in him. Jack’s confidence, skill set, and attitude toward math completely changed.