Upper School (9–12)


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 Middle School.)
June 17 – July 26 
8:00–10:00 am

English, Grades 9–10

For students who have completed grades 8 and 9 or for those who wish to review 10th grade English, the goal of this course is to provide students with a complete and systematic review of the fundamentals of English grammar, to help students write clearly and correctly, and to introduce students to several works of literature with emphasis on the fundamentals of fiction. Instruction focuses on writing the longer essay with an effective thesis statement and supporting paragraphs. Vocabulary and spelling are also studied, depending on the needs of the individual.
June 17 – July 26
8:00–10:00 am

Creative Writing MINI-COURSE

Grades 9-12
This is a three-week course for students in grades 9 through 12 who wish to develop their creative and technical abilities in the written word. Students will experience in-class writing exercises and workshops, one-on-one conferences with the teacher, and readings that will include short story, graphic novels, poetry and creative nonfiction.  Writing assignments will include both specific prompts and opportunities for students to pursue forms or topics of their own interest.
June 17 – July 5 
10:00am – 12:00pm
**Tutoring for any branch of English, including for 11th & 12th graders may be possible. Please contact the summer school director, Tom Carroll, to explore this option.
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.