Private ISEE Tutoring In San Diego, Near You, & Online

There are lots of considerations when deciding on what kind of ISEE prep is best for your child. In our view, the most important question for parents to ask is this:


"Who, exactly, will be the person teaching my kid?"


Our competitors hire college students and train them, whereas we only hire long-time teachers who are already great at what they do.

Matt Sheelen is our ISEE tutoring specialist, and has worked with dozens of students over the years who are applying to selective private schools like Bishop's and Francis Parker. Not only is Matt an expert tutor, but he's down-to-earth, funny, and has a knack for getting along with all kinds of personalities. He'll be happy to help your child perform well on the ISEE, so their test score reflects their spark.

P.S. Matt also offers SSAT tutoring and HSPT tutoring.


Testimonial: "Matt Sheelen is a fantastic ISEE tutor! He helped my daughter increase her scores significantly. She had never even taken a standardized test before. She had private tutoring with Matt on Zoom for 7 weeks. He was extremely knowledgeable, proactive, transparent, and such a kind person. We crammed in a lot of sessions in a short period of time. The strategy was always fluid depending on how my daughter was progressing. He was candid about her strengths and weaknesses, and when our strategy needed to be tweaked. I appreciated his honesty immensely. She applied to the three best private middle schools in San Diego, and got into two and is waitlisted at the other. I am certain that without his help, she wouldn’t have had strong enough ISEE scores to get into those schools. We are forever grateful to Matt! - Karina


Frequently Asked Questions


  • How many sessions a week do you recommend?
    It's all about what works for you. Some kids do well with just a session per week; others benefit from a couple. Let's talk and figure out what’s best.

  • What kind of prep materials do you offer?
    We’ve got an arsenal of practice tests, quizzes, and review materials to get your child familiar and comfortable with what they'll see on exam day.

  • Is online tutoring available?
    Absolutely. In fact, Matt only offers tutoring online via Zoom, not in-person.

  • How much does it cost?
    $225 per hour, or $2030 for 10 hours.

  • How can I track my child's progress?
    We’ll keep you in the loop with regular progress reports and feedback. You'll know exactly how things are going.

Matt Sheelen

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Matt: I am originally from Hopkinton, Massachusetts - the start of the historic Boston Marathon. I went to college at Northwestern University, where I graduated with a degree in Theatre. After college, I wised up and moved to the warmer coast. I worked in Los Angeles for many years as a full-time test-prep tutor and part-time arts educator.

I have been tutoring the ISEE for over 13 years both in Los Angeles and San Diego. Past students have gone on to attend schools including Harvard Westlake, Marlborough School, Bishops, La Jolla Country Day, Francis Parker, Our Lady of Peace, Cathedral Catholic, and more. A few years ago, I moved to San Diego after getting a M.A. in Education from Stanford University, and I currently work as a credentialed K-12 classroom teacher.

When I’m not working, I enjoy good books, performing improv comedy, surfing, watching Game of Thrones, and enjoying the charms of San Diego. I live in North Park, where I love to get out and take advantage of all the delicious food in the area. I am also a huge Boston sports fan - the Patriots, Red Sox, and Celtics are my favorite teams. I usually have something in common with every student - my interests are really diverse!

ISEE tutoring with Matt is $225 an hour ($203 / hour for 10 or more hours). He meets with students online via Zoom. Matt specializes in helping students navigate private school admissions tests and achieve their desired scores.

"Matt is a true professional who sincerely cares about his students. My daughter prepared for the ISEE with Matt for several weeks. Not only was Matt cognizant of what was required on the test, but he also provided support and guidance on how to remain positive and focused in the lead up to the test. My daughter really enjoyed her zoom tutoring sessions and Matt was able to effectively conduct all of her sessions online. He used her time well, knew where she had weaknesses and had a clear plan of how to help her improve on weaker areas. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt. We also used Matt for our other daughter who also sat the ISEE two years prior and she was accepted into her first choice school." - Therese Collins