"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."

-Sir Edmund Hillary, Explorer and climber credited to be the first to crown Mt. Everest.

About Us

Peak Performance International has partnered with Summit Educational Group, a leading tutor-based SAT training program based in Boston, Massachussets.

Now, Quiteños and Guayaquileños can take advantage of Summit’s sophisticated training program, refined over twenty-five years, right here at home.

Our program offers specialized test-taking strategies, advanced diagnostic tools, and highly-qualified instructors.

Who We Are

Peak Performance International was founded by Dan and Lisa Maria Madera, American-trained academics.

Born in Quito and a graduate of the Alliance Academy International, Lisa Maria Madera has an M.A. in Creative Writing from S.U.N.Y Binghamton and an interdisciplinary PhD in cultural history from Emory University.  After returning to  Quito in 2010, Madera noticed that students struggled with the SAT and set out to bring a proven tutor-based training program to her hometown.

Dan Madera received his PhD from Emory University in 2001 where he studied Literature and Cultural Theory.  Dan Madera is a writer and editor.  He is the director of Peak Performance and currently coordinates its Critical Reading and Writing program.

What We Do

Climbing a mountain requires focused training, an experienced guide, and lots of practice.  So does preparing for the SAT!

For many universities, SAT scores are an important factor in admissions and scholarship decisions.

Like climbing a mountain, the SAT is challenging, but with a proven curriculum, lots of practice, and experienced instructors, you can work to significantly improve your score and reach your goals.

At Peak Performance, we are on your side–rooting for you all along the way!

Our goal at Peak Performance is to ensure that students in Quito and Guayaquil have access to the highest levels of SAT training anywhere in the world so that they can get into excellent universities that match the student’s individual educational needs and potential.

With 7 years of experience teaching in South America, we have adapted our Peak SAT courses to respond to the abilities and challenges of bilingual students, in a Latin American context.

Our Critical Reading and Writing instructors are native English speakers with advanced degrees.  Our SAT Math instructors are bi-lingual, highly experienced teachers, with proven results.

Students who have prepared for the SAT with Peak Performance have received offers of admissions and scholarships to a wide range of universities including Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, UPenn, Notre Dame, Rice, Tulane, Tufts, U of Chicago, UCLA, U Michigan, UNC-Chapel Hill, UT-Austin, UVA, among many, many others.

Peak Performance provides the best of American tutor-based, SAT training right here in Ecuador.

We are here to help you reach your peak potential!