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Lakewood Tutors

Private Tutors in Lakewood for All Subjects & Grade Levels

Looking for a great Lakewood Tutor? From elementary all the way up to college and graduate school, our experienced team at Grade Potential ensures that you’ll receive the highest quality tutoring on your way to achieving your goals, all at an affordable price! We've worked with thousands of local students, so we know what it takes to be successful around here.

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About Lakewood

With a name like Lakewood, you can only imagine that this Washington city is a land of lakes, and so it is, with five lakes within its city limits.

But what has really put this suburb of Tacoma on the map is its very own castle, built from bits and pieces of old English castles and mansions, constructed in the early 1900s as an homage to the grand homes of the British Isles.

Lakewood’s Thornewood Castle began as the dream of Chester Thorne, a businessman who helped found the Port of Tacoma and who was president of the National Bank of Commerce in Tacoma for more than three decades. An influential figure in early Washington state history, Chester became fascinated with old English estates and descided that he wanted to build his own, and to create a structure that would last for centuries.
Designed by architect Kirtland Cutter, Thornewood took almost four years to complete, and was finished in 1911. The 27,000-square-foot Tudor Gothic manor incorporated 400-year-old bricks from an English castle as well as British-made crystal windows and stained glass panels that dated from 1300, elements that required three ships to transport from England to Pacific Northwest by rounding Cape Horn.

Thornewood Castle, built on American Lake, was constructed with 3-foot-thick foundations, 10-inch walls, and hand-hewn beams of English oak. The castle boasts 54 rooms — a number that includes 28 bedrooms and 22 bathrooms — and it took 40 servants to staff as well as 28 gardeners to look after the English-style formal gardens, as well as tutors for Chester’s daughter Anita. Chester commissioned a “secret garden” for his wife Anna, a half-acre sunken English garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers, famous landscape architects of the period.
There, the Thornes entertained the rich and famous of the early 20th century, including U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, both of whom stayed at the castle at different times. After Chester died in 1927, his widow continued to care for the manor and grounds.

After Anna’s death in 1954, Thornewood’s ownership passed to Anita, who sold it in 1959. The castle passed through several owners’ hands over the years before being purchased by Wayne and Deanna Robinson in 2000. The Robinsons restored Thornewood and opened it as a bed-and-breakfast inn, as well as offering the castle as a venue for weddings and special events.

The castle is on the National Register of Historic Places and still has its original half-acre sunken English garden, and guests also have the opportunity to fish, swim and go boating on the lake. In addition, the castle has served as a movie set for several films and TV miniseries, including “Rose Red” and its prequel “The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer,” and the Oscar-winning “There Will Be Blood.”

Like Chester Thorne, students dream big, and their dreams of academic achievement can become reality with the help of Lakewood tutors, who work with all ages and grade levels.

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Thornewood Castle and gardens in Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood Scholarship

Grade Potential Tutoring is proud to provide Lakewood students with the opportunity to win a semi-annual college scholarship of $1,000! We are proud to assist students with their investment in education. Many local families trust us with their educational investment on a regular basis, so we feel great about giving back in a similar way! Click below to learn more about our scholarship program and how to apply.Learn How To Apply

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Lakewood Scholarship


Thanks for your interest in our scholarship! Every six months, we select the essay that our panel of 3 judges determines to be the best.

The Fall deadline to apply is November 15th. The Fall winner will be announced to all applicants on December 10th.

The Spring deadline to apply is May 15th. The Spring winner will be announced to all applicants on June 10th.

The current essay prompt is, “Who has inspired your education the most and why?”

Please email your entry to: scholcontest@gradepotential.com

Entries must be between 300-1,000 words.

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited by law. One entry per household per year. Winner will be notified via email on or before the Winner Selection Date. Failure by potential winner to respond to such notification within ten (10) days of notification, or failure by the potential winner to adhere to these Official Rules, will result in disqualification of the potential winner and an alternate winner will be selected.


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