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    • Skills Test Preparation
Middle School (6–8)

Academic Skills


Grades 7–9
Through readings, videos, case studies, games and guest speakers this one week course will explore leadership styles. This course would be ideal for a middle school or high school student who is a school leader or athletic team captain as well as any young person who displays leadership characteristics. An emphasis will be placed on practical and effective traits that can be applied to everyday school settings. Select one week only; course repetitive. (Listed for Middle & Upper School.)
Session 1 Cancelled
Session 2:
July 24 - 28

Middle School Public SpeakingCancelled

Grades 6 - 7
This one week course is best suited for students looking for ways to improve confidence in their public speaking abilities and strengthen their skills. We will work to enhance aspects of public speaking, including but not limited to alleviating stage freight, practicing appropriate gesturing, writing speeches, and speaking in front of an audience. The goal for this course is for students to leave feeling more comfortable and confident with public speaking.

Public SpeakingMINICOURSE

Grades 8 - 12
Public speaking is a valuable life skill, yet it is seldom taught or practiced formally.  Through this one-week course, students can gain comfort and confidence in their public speaking abilities while practicing in a judgement-free setting.  In this course, students will study the characteristics of good public speakers, fine-tune their speechwriting, and practice speaking in front of classmates.  Students will have the opportunity to speak publicly each day. (Listed for Middle & Upper School.)
June 26 – June 30


Grades 8 - 12
Are you interested in improving your public speaking skills and looking to take them to the next level?  This enrichment program will give you the opportunity to hone your speech-writing abilities and accustom you to various debate styles and processes.  You will learn about rhetorical figures and strategies of argumentation that will make your oral presentations more effective.  Stand out whenever you take the stage! The other Public Speaking course is not a prerequisite for this class.  (Listed for Middle & Upper School.)
July 17 – July 28

Skills for Academic ExcellenceNEW

Grades 8 - 10
Designed to help students build transferable skills such as note taking, close reading, annotation, and active study methods, this class examines a variety of texts (i.e. historical primary sources, academic articles, textbooks, newspaper editorials) and learning situations (lecture, discussion, formal debate) that students face on a daily basis. Students will learn to use assessment rubrics so that they can understand what an assignment is asking them to do and how to organize their materials. We will 'crack the code' of academic success by analyzing multiple test formats (multiple-choice, essay, presentation, project) so that students are equipped with the confidence, strategies and techniques to excel. While this course is primarily designed to develop students' study skills, the theme of the selected texts is the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its broader geo-political context. We will investigate and debate the question, 'are we witnessing the beginning of a new Cold War?(Listed for Middle & Upper School.) 
July 3– July 28
10:00am 12:00pm
Located in Washington, D.C., St. Albans Summer Programs – a combined summer camp and summer school for area and out-of-town boys and girls in grades Pre-K through 12 – provides half- and full-day academic and art classes and athletic camps for football, golf, swimming, and tennis at state-of-the-art athletic facilities.