CURRENT SUMMER PROGRAMS
Every summer we offer a variety of programs tailored to students' needs, whether it's refining skills, preparing for upcoming exams or getting ahead for the new school year. While students may wish to continue their regular school-year program during the summer, we offer additional programs in July and August. Our courses typically consist of six sessions starting in early July but we are flexible with scheduling and frequency. As always, we customize meeting time to begin sessions earlier or later in the summer to assure students complete programs of their choice by September.
For inquiries or to register, please contact Owner/Director Julie Salthouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or (908) 397-8964.
AP PREP - CORMAC MCCARTHY
For high schoolers looking to prep for AP Literature (or honors English), this intensive author study will examine 2-3 works by McCarthy with an eye for deep textual analysis and rhetoric. Students will develop AP-level essays throughout.
This multi-genre middle-school level program will use 2-3 texts to dive into reading comprehension and study skills. Literary analysis in conflict, inference, predictions, character and more will be explored in a seminar-style setting that includes vocabulary and writing skills.
HISTORICAL FICTION WRITING
Enter a time machine and dive into the past! This is a creative writing experience in how to write historical fiction using the elements of fiction in 10 easy steps. It will include learning how to use the internet for research and to evaluate online materials. For grades 5-7.
“A soft sea washed around the house a sea of summer air and rose and fell the magic planks that sailed without a care.” - Emily Dickinson. Join our summer poetry workshop, where we will read and analyze the work of famous poets from the past and present. Students will also develop their own portfolio of poems.
COLLEGE ESSAY WORKSHOP
Considered one of the most challenging and stressful writing assignments a high school student encounters, the college application essay can serve as the tipping point in the application process. Our writing program helps students create dynamic and unique essay responses for both the Common Application and the required, assorted college supplements. On average, six one-on-one writing sessions will allow students to complete all required writing for all applications. Summer is the ideal time for writing and revising the college essay since students can focus their creativity and writing skills exclusively on the application prompts without the distraction of course assignments.
ESSENTIAL ESSAYS (ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE, RISING 9TH GRADERS, OR HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL)
This customized course allows students to focus exclusively on mastering writing skills necessary to create dynamic writing responses in a variety of genres. Each assignment will require pre-writing, draft, revised and edited copy, and final essay. Students will practice narrative, descriptive, persuasive, and other expository essay styles. Grammar skills will be reinforced as related to development of sentence syntax and style. Rising 9th graders will write expository essays with emphasis on thesis, organization and structure as well as revising and editing as integral parts of the process. Existing high school students will write a variety of expository essays: argumentative/persuasive, precis, literary analysis or critique to practice elements of style necessary to develop and create their own unique writing style.
HOW TO SURVIVE (AP) REQUIRED SUMMER READING
High school students usually receive assigned reading titles in June for next year’s English and/or History classes—including AP courses. This program is devoted to close reading, analyzing, and writing related to summer reading titles. Sessions assure students are prepared for the level of rigor they will encounter in next year’s literary discussions and complete any written assignments associated with their school’s required reading.
STUDY SKILLS (FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS)
Students often confuse working hard with working smart when it comes to studying or preparing for any type of course assessment. Our study skills program shows students how working smart is a time saver and can be adapted to all subjects. Sessions explore the Theory of Multiple Intelligences, strategies on how to get organized, use of time effectively, and prioritized learning. Students will master guided notes, retaining information, and more.
TEST PREP: SAT/ACT/SSAT/ISEE
Test prep programs will be available for those students intending to take the SAT in August or the ACT in September. Practice Tests, test taking strategies and mastery of timed writings are an essential part of the program. Those students considering application to private schools should enroll in the SSAT or ISSE test prep. Sessions are taught by experienced test prep and Advanced Placement teachers.