• English
Upper School (9–12)


All classes IN-PERSON

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 21 – July 29*
8:00–10:00 am
*No class Mondays: June 20 and July 4

College Application Essay Writing CANCELLED

Grades 11 - 12
Students looking to begin or develop college application essays will find guidance and feedback in this course. The goal of the course is to work with the students and their writing; both general and specific writing activities will target successful topics and strategies in producing strong personal narratives. In addition to work on their own, students will work in small group settings as well as one-on-one with the instructor while crafting their essays.

English, Grades 9–10  CANCELLED

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. 

English, Grades 11–12  CANCELLED

This course is for students who have completed grades 10 and 11 or for those who wish to review 11th grade English. The goal of this course is to provide students with robust reinforcement to help students write clearly and precisely, grapple with complexity of ideas, and participate in dialogue. We will rely on several works of literature including, novels, plays, short stories, and expository essays. Pieces by WEB Du Bois, August Wilson, William Faulkner, and Toni Morrison will be featured. 

Creative Writing

Grades 9-12
This is a two-week course for students in grades 9 through 12 who wish to develop their creative writing. Students will work through in-class writing exercises and workshops, one-on-one conferences with class instructor, and compile a portfolio of short story, flash fiction, and poetry. Students will learn to hone their critical voice and artistic vision. We will also practice how to best offer feedback on creative writing pieces. 
July 18 – July 29

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.