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Personalize the educational experience to transform students into confident, inspired learners who will use their unique gifts, passions, and talents to change the world.


Cara Thorpe founded Yellow Parachute Learning Partners in 1999, after leaning in to her own unique strengths in individualized instruction. The creation of Yellow Parachute Learning Partners allowed Cara devote 100% of her energy to working with, and innovating for, the voice of each wildly brilliant and original child who sat in front of her. 

Yellow Parachute recruits the most talented educators and relationship-builders to serve their clients. The Yellow Parachute team meets regularly to collaborate and refine our personalized learning practices – teaching students how to learn – building pathways of success for college and choice-ready individuals. We believe all individuals should be given the opportunity to find their unique abilities and passions to serve their communities…and change the world.


At Yellow Parachute Learning Partners we continuously recruit passionate, talented educators because two key differentiators of our company are our depth and breadth of talent and the way coaches collaborate to ensure student success. We look for Learning Coaches who are committed to going the extra mile for students, and to connecting with like-minded professionals. 

Yellow Parachute employs over 50 Learning Coaches from across the Twin Cities as independent contractors, meeting the needs of over 1,200 diverse learners in our 20+ year history. The Yellow Parachute team meets regularly for professional development and discussion. Drawing on our collective teaching and learning experiences, we have developed curriculums to meet the needs of small-group learning settings, cutting costs for families and schools while maintaining elite standards of teaching and learning.

Yellow Parachute has partnered with the Anoka-Hennepin, Eastern Carver County Schools (District 112), and several local private schools to provide scholarshipped tutoring and after-school programming. If you, or someone you know is in need of a scholarship for tutoring, please let us know by emailing StudentConnector@YellowParachute.com.


TUTORINGOur Yellow Parachute Learning Coaches provide highly personalized “traditional” services for students in grades K-12 and college. We have tutors who specialize in all subjects and coaches who teach generalized skills such as time management, prioritizing, and study skills.

TEST PREP – Yellow Parachute’s ACT, SAT and Advanced Placement (AP) test preparation curriculum helps students prepare beyond the test. In addition to boosting scores, students say they have become better overall test takers, strategic thinkers, and have improved time management and confidence in learning.

ADHD ACADEMIC & LIFE COACHINGQuantum Jump, Yellow Parachute’s ADHD coaching service, helps clients unpack feelings of frustration, being stuck or unworthy, so they can see themselves as they really are: capable, worthy, and whole. At Quantum Jump, our coaches are specifically trained to understand how ADHD symptoms become obstacles to learning and how to best address them.

Similar to the ADHD coaching, our Life Coaches help their clients remove obstacles which so often get in the way of what people want to do. Our life coaching clients range in age from 8 to 80 and can help with all facets of your life.   


1999 Yellow Parachute Learning Partners founded by Cara Thorpe.

2005 – First Yellow Parachute Learning Coach (other than Cara) hired.

2006 – When her first son was born, Cara Thorpe left teaching in the classroom to focus on continuing to build Yellow Parachute Learning Partners.

2010 – ACT/SAT test preparation added to Yellow Parachute’s services.

2016 – Purchased the former Mill House Gallery building at 516 Pine Street North in Chaska, which was to become the future site of Yellow Parachute Academy.

September 2019 – Yellow Parachute Academy opens, offering a small community of families with students in grades 5-8. 

March 2020 – Swiftly reacting to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Yellow Parachute Learning Partners offers distance learning support to learners and all learning coaches provide tutoring services via Zoom and other teleconferencing services.

June 2020 – Yellow Parachute begins offering ADHD and Life Coaching services through Quantum Jump with a special emphasis on leadership coaching.

September 2020 – Yellow Parachute Academy expanded to grades K-12.

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