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    • English
Middle School (6–8)

English

All classes IN-PERSON

English, Grades 6/7 

Grades 6–8
For students who have completed or are rising 6 or 7 graders (or rising 8th graders who'd like to review), this course provides the student with a thorough review of English grammar, practice writing compositions (with special attention to developing effective paragraphs) and various types of speeches. Students read different works of literature, in addition to studying vocabulary and spelling. Several papers are assigned each week, from descriptions to character sketches to short stories. Though each two-week cycle will target specific components, special attention will be paid to helping students strengthen specific areas of weakness & adjust coursework as appropriate.
June 17 – July 26
10:00am - 12:00pm
$1,600
No class: June 19,  July 4 & July 5

Basic Grammar & Writing

Grades 8–9
This course for students in grades 8 and 9 involves high-intensity instruction in which the student concentrates on review and practice of those basic skills necessary for the writing of effective sentences and for detecting and correcting common structural errors in sentences. The goal of the course is the development of the student’s ability to write acceptable high-school-level prose in unified, coherent, adequately developed expository paragraphs. This goal is reached by covering the areas of grammar, mechanics, punctuation, spelling and diction, effective sentences and finally, the paragraph. Writing assignments vary from critical to expository to creative. (Also listed for Upper School.) 
June 17 – July 26
8:00am - 10:00am
$1,600
No class: June 19,  July 4 & July 5

Creative Writing: Fiction NEW

Grade 7-11
This dynamic and collaborative writing course will teach students strategies to plan, evaluate, and edit their writing, as well as to develop their personal writer's goals. Students will engage in brainstorming, peer review, workshopping, and self-assessment activities to grow as intentional and imaginative writers. Some exciting final project examples include a podcast segment, a poetry chapbook, a collection of op-eds on current events, and short stories. Also listed in Upper School.
June 17 - July 3
10:00am - 12:00pm
$750
*No class June 19, July 4 and July 5.

Creative Writing: Non-Fiction NEW

Grade 8-11
Many of the most convincing pieces are both creative and grounded in reality. This dynamic and collaborative writing course will prepare students for writing college acceptance essays, developing a unique voice, and creating nuanced arguments. We will examine a wide variety of “texts” to learn and apply an analytical method for creative nonfiction writing that still leaves space for creativity rather than a formulaic approach. Listed for Middle & Upper School.
July 8 - July 26
10:00am - 12:00pm
$750

Intensive Middle School English Review NEW

Grade 6-9
The English Review class is designed exclusively for students seeking to enhance their grammar and writing skills. This intensive course will delve into the intricacies of English grammar, exploring essential concepts such as sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation rules. Through engaging writing exercises and personalized feedback, students will sharpen their composition abilities, honing their proficiency in crafting clear, concise, and impactful written pieces.
July 8 - July 26
12:30pm - 2:30pm
$750

Reading and Writing Intensive Workshop NEWMINICOURSE

Grade 6-9
Through this week-long course, students will engage in close reading and academic writing and receive individual guidance and feedback from a teacher. For the first hour, students will learn and practice close reading skills through the books they are reading over the summer. The books they bring may either be assigned by the school or a predominantly text-based book for pleasure. In the second hour, students will practice analytical writing in which they will craft a thesis and support it with evidence from the text. Students should look forward to completing some summer reading as well as improving their reading and writing skills for their upcoming school year.
June 17 - June 21
10:00am - 12:00pm
$350
No class Wednesday, June 19
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.