ABOUT USWe believe language is living and vibrant.



California Language Academy was founded in July 2010 by a family with the mission of providing personalized, intimate, and engaging language learning services. Together, we have established a high-quality, family-owned and operated language school that offers small class sizes to meet the individual needs of each student’s learning goals and objectives. We employ highly qualified and dedicated instructors and our comprehensive curricula are designed to build students’ skills and self-confidence when communicating in English or a foreign language in either an academic or professional setting.

We believe language is living and vibrant. It must be EXPERIENCED in order to be fully appreciated and understood. We further believe that learning a language is not just done through a book, but through reading, writing, speaking, and listening to the language in the real-world.
In order for students to succeed, our programs are structured into small and engaging classes in which students interact in a learning environment while mastering the four learning objectives. Each week we adapt the class syllabi to incorporate current events and “hot topics” of the week to show students how to immediately apply their language skills in the real world. We also incorporate planned social activities and cultural outings into our weekly lessons so that students experience the language and learn to confidently apply their language skills.
California Language Academy is unique because it is a family-owned and operated business where our team is friendly, professional, attentive and highly responsive. Our schedule is flexible, and the quick assessment of student skills and challenges creates a more “catered” client service.
For foreign students, young professionals, employees of local businesses, and international travelers to the United States who want to improve their English language skills, California Language Academy is a language school that offers measurable, highly personalized, immediately practical and socially relevant language study programs in individualized class settings, study-and-travel group packages and on-site business programs.


California Language Academy is passionate about the success of each of our students. Our mission is to provide high quality, personalized language training that can be immediately applied in the real world.
At California Language Academy, you are not just a student, but part of a family!

Educational Goals

High-quality, proven language instruction with a student centered teaching methodology.
Hire, train, grow, and retain the most passionate, professional, friendly, and
encouraging teachers and staff to carry out our stated mission.
Provide a variety of programs, schedules, and options to match the needs of each and every students.
Provide individual and personalized attention in a small classroom setting
to meet the goals and expectations of our students.
Provide a warm, welcoming, and clean facility that is conductive to an interactive learning environment.
Provide the necessary analytical tools to show continued improvement and encourage self-confidence.
Ensure that students complete their program having had a positive and fulfilling
experience with a high rating of our school.
Provide a wide variety of activities that inspire our students to apply their learned language in the real world.

Meet the team

Meet our highly qualified, experienced and passionate team at California Language Academy. We all can’t wait to get to know you and are always here for questions and suggestions! See you soon on the West Coast!

Meet the team


PresidentHasan Altuntas


Co-founderAlissa Olgun


Director Recruitment and SalesDiego


Vice President for Academic AffairsWilliam Nowatnick

Read from the founders


Hasan Altuntas, president

It was our dream to run our own school and I can’t believe how amazing it is to help our students to achieve their academic and professional goals by getting English Language Programs from California Language Academy. CLA offers more than just language classes: we are proud of being part of the local and global community and hope to make a positive impact in everything we do. Our passionate and skilled team members guide our students toward making a difference in the world.


Alissa Olgun, co-founder

My dream has always been to create a school where students and staff feel at home in a community of amazing people, and I sometimes can’t believe that this dream has become a reality. After establishing our Los Angeles location, opening a second location in San Diego was something I felt very passionate about since it is my hometown. Now, with our third location in San Francisco, we are ready to welcome students in three of the most amazing cities in Californa.

Awards & Accreditations


Accredited by ACCET and member of AIRC, LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce
and Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce.
Shortlisted for the Star Travel Award for Best English Language School in North America.
Members TESOL, CATESOL and EnglishUSA (also known as AAIEP) and NAFSA.
Approved by the US Department of Homeland Security.
Represented by major educational consultants and wholesale travel agencies around the world.
CLA Los Angeles has been awarded the “Best of Playa del Rey” Award 8 years in a row.
CLA San Diego has been awarded the “Best of San Diego” Award in 2017.

Contact us
Los Angeles

8632 South Sepulveda Boulevard, #203
Los Angeles, CA 90045

+1 (310) 910-0133
San Diego

444 West C Street, #420
San Diego, CA 92101

+1 (619) 955-5528
San Francisco

312 Sutter Street #402
San Francisco, CA 94108

+1 (628) 628 6444

7777 Leesburg Pike, #4LS
Falls Church, VA 22043

+1 (571) 830-6792

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