Welcome to Advance English Academy

Students Say...

Student Testimonials


"The atmosphere was always pleasant."

My experience in Advance English Academy was about a little more than a year and a half. I started at the High-Intermediate level and I made progress little by little. My weaknesses were always related to grammar and speaking. 

My teachers always focused on strengthening my weaknesses and they took time to work on those specifically for me. In the same way they detected the weaknesses of my classmates and promoted the strengthening of the weaknesses of each student in the class. The content of the class were always varied. Our teachers always showed interest in looking for different ways to motivate the classes, turning the learning experience into a very natural way to learn, in such a way that I did not realize that I was learning and improving.

At the end of my studies at the academy I could tell that the differences were enormous. I can now have conversions in a more natural way. My pronunciation is much better and my grammar has improved remarkably. The events that the academy carries out with the students are part of the things that I will miss the most. 

In addition, I have developed friendship with the teachers. Although they always have different personalities among them, they are all very friendly. The atmosphere was always very pleasant.


Carlos Montesinos 

Medical Doctor 

Co-owner of Follow Your Heart in Home Care 


"...great interactions with my classmates at different school events."

My name is Alston Shek. I am from Taiwan and had studied ESL for two years (2016-2018) at Advance English Academy. I started learning English without any foundation. In those two years, I learned a lot of things in school and had great interactions with my classmates at different school events. 

I think I was really lucky because I got to learn how to be independent in the United States, and the American lifestyle. English can help me at work and travel. 

Now, I am a branding designer and I offer service worldwide.

Alston Shek

Branding Designer

Eyes Dot Design Studios

About Us


Do you want to...

  • Improve your English language skills?
  • Meet new friends from all over the world
  • Study at an ESL school with a warm, family atmosphere?



I hope that you are ready for a wonderful English language and cultural experience, as I look forward to introducing you to San Francisco, and taking you on one of our many adventures throughout California, and beyond..."



I would like to welcome you to a unique, fun & exciting English language school. We are Advance English Academy located in San Francisco, California."

Learning (American) English involves understanding American culture. If you enjoy and understand American culture, you will enjoy and quickly improve your English. For this reason, we integrate fun events, activities & exciting excursions as part of the Advance program:

Advance's students take (optional) camping trips to Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Arches, Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Point Reyes National Seashore.

Advance loves to celebrate the holidays, with a Thanksgiving Feast, a Halloween Costume Party, a Christmas Gift Exchange and a New Year's Bash!

Advance lives for travel. We offer weekend excursions, such as skiing/snowboarding (winter) & water skiing (summer) at Lake Tahoe, hiking in Yosemite National Park, camping trips to Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, Death Valley, Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and that's just the beginning.

Advance is into fitness. We offer sporting activities with all the equipment available, such as soccer, volleyball, indoor rock climbing, kickball and badminton.

Advance has ESL Workshops, Tutoring, Academic Counseling, a Book Club, a Movie Club, Evening Events, Conversation Classes, and more.

Conveniently located in the center of San Francisco, 2 blocks from the Civic Center BART station, Advance is a small, friendly English language school where you will instantly feel at home. I-20 available. Advance English Academy is able to offer a high level of personalized English lessons, allowing you to learn English quickly and easily.

"I look forward to meeting each one of you individually, sharing with you our extensive knowledge of the English language, San Francisco, California & the USA. I will personally make sure that you have the best possible educational & cultural experience that you can find for the value."



 The mission of Advance English Academy is to provide a high quality English language program, in a friendly and compassionate learning environment. Advance English Academy strives to equip students with their desired English competence, and to provide an opportunity to develop their lifelong-lasting learning ability. 

Through the recruitment and development of qualified faculty members, Advance English Academy endeavors to assist and support students in achieving their educational goals.   

 By advocating local volunteerism and outdoor recreation, Advance English Academy hopes to expand student knowledge, while encouraging an appreciation and understanding of our community, language and country. 

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our students, so feel free to visit during office hours.

Advance English Academy
1370 Mission Street (@10th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Ph. (415) 552-1001
Fax (415) 552-1002


Advance English Academy

2161 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 200
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 849-1766 (Berkeley)


Office Hours

San Francisco:

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm


Monday - Thursday: 9am - 2pm