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    • Skills Test Preparation
Upper School (9–12)

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:
July 8 - July 12  Cancelled
Session 2:
July 15 - July 19

Public Speaking Cancelled

Grades 8 - 11
Public Speaking: Everyone has goals, desires, opinions, and arguments. But the process of convincingly articulating these through speaking is seldom taught or practiced formally.  In this two-week course, students can gain comfort and confidence in their public speaking abilities while practicing in a judgment-free setting.  In this course, students will study the strategies of effective public speakers, fine-tune their speechwriting, and practice speaking in front of classmates. 
(Listed for Middle & Upper School.)
June 17 - June 28

Skills for Academic Excellence

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.) 
AM Session
July 1– July 26
PM Session
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.