Founder Cindy Chanin

Over the past 15 years, Cindy Chanin has tutored students in virtually every subject. Her full spectrum tutoring runs the gamut from Honors Chemistry to Trig/Pre-Calculus to American/European History, Literature Analysis, Creative Writing, and Spanish to College Application Preparation and Expert College Admissions Exam Preparation. In addition to tutoring several students to perfect 1600s on their SATs, Cindy has also helped many students gain admission to top universities, including Stanford, Yale, Brown, Northwestern, USC, Oxford, Julliard, and NYU, among others. Her previous work in the Admissions Departments at Yale and USC provided insider knowledge she has incorporated to better serve her student charges in their education goals. Students, their families, and the schools she works with often refer to Cindy as “the miracle worker.”

“I strive to cultivate a lifelong appreciation for learning by making a clear connection between what a student is learning and his or her future goals and aspirations.”

From providing educational enrichment to an intellectually gifted 4-year-old to working with a dyslexic individual on her dissertation for a doctorate degree in Psychology, Cindy makes education a positive, holistic experience for adolescents of varying skill levels (middle school through college level). Cindy also has an extensive background mentoring teens and young adults. From field trips to the Getty, LACMA, and Huntington Gardens to one-on-one parallel parking/freeway driving lessons, Cindy helps each student connect assignments to real-life situations. She has coached college-bound seniors for their monologue and musical theatre auditions for NYU’s Tisch School and accompanied them on “power vocab. building” hikes around the city as well as to yoga classes.

Education and Certifications

While working toward multiple degrees at Yale University and the University of Southern California (USC), Cindy studied Psychology, Theatre, Mathematics, and Comparative Literature. She is Phi Beta Kappa as well as an Irlen Syndrome Certified screener for students who have learning differences, visual processing, and/or ADD.

Meaningful Endeavors

During her undergraduate years, Cindy founded and artistically directed a successful multicultural theatre company. Student artists collaborated with Equity theatre and film professionals on innovative, full-scale productions throughout Los Angeles. This involved raising over $30,000 in grants to mount several widely-acclaimed productions, and organizing touring performances and educational panels that visited high schools throughout Southern California. Panelists included Cesar Chavez’s granddaughter and representatives from the United Farm Workers’ Union. Establishing a university-accredited Equity theatre internship program gave students the opportunity to be mentored and work alongside renowned performers and directors such as Alfred Molina, Joel Zwick, Armin Shimmerman, and Alan Blumenfeld.

Fun Facts About Cindy

Award-winning essayist and poet

Contributor to Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul

National Qualifier in Dramatic Interpretation for the National Forensics League

Arizona State Champion in Duo-Acting

Avid yoga practitioner and certified yoga teacher (Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vinyasa Flow)

She has a “mini me” cotton ball canine companion named Sorsha: While the four-legged one is supposed to be a pure-bred Maltese, Cindy believes her to be a cross between a Maltese and a stuffed animal. Sorsha holds a JD from Harvard Law and a PsyD. in Adorableness.


I worked very closely alongside Cindy Chanin during the college application process and am able to say that my experience was truly amazing. After countless hours of hard work and dedication on both ends, we were able to create a beautiful personal narrative, a collegiate resume, and school specific supplemental pieces etc. Cindy was an incredibly supportive and inspiring mentor through this process and without her endless guidance and wisdom I would not have been able to acquire the incredible results that I did. Cindy was exceedingly professional, responsive, and punctual throughout my time with her. I cannot imagine what the college application process would have looked like without Cindy in the picture, she was my hero, and I’m so grateful to have met her as someone I look forward to having in my life, beyond.

Greta Gersh,

Windward School Graduate and University of Michigan Student

Cindy Chanin is at the helm of Rainbow, a creative and ingenious program. The emphasis of her program is about the whole child, homing in on each students’ goals and helping them achieve their goals by minimizing the stress of the college application process. Learning is intrinsically fun and test taking is less stressful through Cindy’s holistic approach. The academic tutoring, led by Ivy League graduates, was an immense help in enabling my son to decipher the questions on the SAT. I highly recommend Rainbow for any age child or adult who is looking to learn more about themselves and become more successful academically and in developing their real personal goals.

Vida Simon,

Crossroads School Parent

Cindy Chanin understands the testing and admission process like no other. She has an extensive professional background and helped us navigate the high school admission process for our daughter, like a Ninja! Cindy invested her time and energy into our daughter and took it upon herself to get to know her. She was able to decipher what kind of learner she was and which of her tutors would be a good fit for her. For the weeks that we worked with Rainbow EDU, Cindy called everyday. She wanted feedback about the tutoring sessions and wanted our daughter to feel confident and empowered. Cindy is a student advocate and coach. Much, much more than a tutor. This is a full-service operation…the real deal. Cindy Chanin…Rainbow EDU…I just lucked out…hope you do too!

Star Jasper,

Larchmont Charter Parent

Cindy has changed my life in many ways, not only with the help of her brilliant tutoring, but she has also been a mentor and a friend to me, someone I feel like I can talk to about anything. She has been especially supportive in my interest in women’s issues and continues to inspire me every time I have a session with her. She puts so much effort into all her students and is very passionate about her work. She enriches the life of every single person she comes into contact with. She is one of the most amazing women that I know.

MacKenzie Carlson,

Brown University and Brentwood School Graduate