• English
Middle School (6–8)


All classes IN-PERSON

English, Grade 6 CANCELLED See English 6-8 below

Grade 6
For students who have successfully completed the 5th grade or who wish to review 6th grade English, this course, will concentrate on the fundamentals of English grammar, spelling, public speaking, literature, and both creative and expository writing. Particular emphasis will be placed on writing effective sentences and unified paragraphs.  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. *Participants may sign up for one or more sessions*

English, Grades 6–8 * UPDATED

Grades 6–8
For students who have completed grades 6, 7, or 8, 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. *Participants may sign up for one or more sessions*
Session 1: June 21 – July 1
Session 2: July 5 - July 15
Session 3: July 18 - July 29*
*No class Mondays: June 20 and July 4

Basic Grammar & Writing

Grades 7–9
This course for students in grades 7, 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 21 – July 29*
8:00–10:00 am
*No class Mondays: June 20 and July 4

Creative Writing - Short Stories  CANCELLED

Grade 6–8
In this fast-paced, hands-on writing course, students will examine the foundations of great prose by dissecting the best short stories and attempting to mimic the craft. Through engaging and interactive exercises, students will cultivate word choice, specificity, and tone while weeding out redundancy, cliché, and redundancy. Learning the fundamentals of grammar and style, students will begin with a six-word short story and end with the silliest, scariest, or sauciest short story they’ve ever written.  

Creative Writing - Forms of Communication

Grade 6-8  Dates have been changed!
Seeking to build students’ understanding that effective writers plan, evaluate, edit, and grow increasingly mindful of their goals and audiences, this course will immerse students in both creative and analytical writing. Students will apply brainstorming, peer review, and self-assessment practices to grow as independent thinkers with vibrant voices and imaginations. Project cycles (each lasting two weeks) will focus the class on exciting final products that may include a podcast, a poetry chapbook, a collection of op-eds on current events or short stories about everyday experiences.
June 21 – July 1
10:00am–12:00 pm

Public Speaking

Grades 8 - 12
Public speaking is a valuable life skill, yet it is seldom taught or practiced formally.  Through this two-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.
July 18 – July 29
12:30–2:30 pm
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, rowing, swimming, and tennis at state-of-the-art athletic facilities.