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Prep Camp Excel ™

Education Unlimited - Prep Camp Excel ™

Prep Camp ExcelTM is for motivated rising 9th and 10th grade students seeking to excel in high school so that when college application time rolls around, they have attained the best possible GPA, resume, and course of study. This seven-day camp offers students exposure to many of the same principles that older students get at College Admission Prep Camp in a similarly relaxed and fun atmosphere. Prep Camp Excel uses a three-pronged curriculum to promote high school success, including courses in Essay Writing, PSAT Prep, and Study Skills.

Essay Writing Writing competent essays is not only critical to getting good grades, but it is also one of the most important skills a student can take away from high school. Unfortunately, the kind of one-on-one instruction necessary in learning to write well is rarely available in schools. At Prep Camp Excel, students have the opportunity to work individually with experienced, first-rate teachers. Each student will bring home one of the best essays he or she has ever written, and most importantly, will have gained the knowledge of how to write more outstanding essays for the new school year!

PSAT Prep and Test Taking Training The PSAT is a crucial test for college recruiting as well as for the National Merit Scholarship contest, yet most students go into the exam with little or no preparation. Excel campers will take two full PSAT exams over the course of the week. Our exclusive curriculum teaches math, grammar and vocabulary building skills, which not only prove invaluable for the PSAT but also for Math and English classes in high school. The two-year average PSAT score improvement of Prep Camp Excel students, measured by entrance and exit exams, is 16.2 points- the equivalent of 162 points on the SAT!

Study Skills Good students know that success in high school is not just about how much you know but about how you organize, display and use that knowledge. Our instructors will work with students in important areas that are often overlooked in the high school curriculum: high school planning, presentation skills, time management, and notetaking.

Life On and Off Campus Planned recreational excursions allow students to experience local attractions, and on-campus evening and afternoon activities balance the academic day. Living in the dorms together encourages students to build close friendships that last through high school and beyond.

Camp Location Start Date End Date Grades
Prep Camp Excel ™ UC Berkeley Sun, Jun 18, 17 Sat, Jun 24, 17 9th - 10th
Prep Camp Excel ™ UCLA Sun, Jul 23, 17 Sat, Jul 29, 17 9th - 10th
Prep Camp Excel ™ Tufts University Sun, Jul 2, 17 Sat, Jul 8, 17 9th - 12th

“I was really pleased with how dramatically my PSAT scores changed.” -Riley McCoon, Excel camper

"It was very laid back, but we still did everything we needed to do. It was a very good environment to learn in." -Natalie Peterson, Excel Camper

"(The writing teacher, Pam) reviewed our papers and gave us feedback as if we were adults, which really helped to develop our strength in paper writing." -Jennifer Chan, Excel Camper

“I would definitely recommend this camp to other students because the curriculum is exceptional, and because it is a great opportunity to meet some really fantastic kids.” -Kristin Lee, Excel Camper


Prep Camp Excel ™ - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Steven Wolkoff (Camp Director and Instructor)

Steven Wolkoff — Camp Director and Instructor

Steven graduated from Dartmouth College with an honors English major.  He has worked as a College Counselor/SAT tutor for over twelve years, including providing private SAT instruction for students from...


Education Unlimited - Leslie Butler, PhD (Instructor)

Leslie Butler, PhD — Instructor

In 2014 I completed my doctorate in Education in the department of Language, Literacy, Social and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.   The focus of my dissertation study was to identify emerging twenty-first century skills and practices in digital multi-networked after school programs in the San Francisco bay area.  The...


Education Unlimited - Samuel Haley-Hill, MFA ( Instructor)

Samuel Haley-Hill, MFA — Instructor

Sam Haley-Hill is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley who teaches Public Speaking and Acting in the department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Sam also coaches Policy and Public Forum debate for the...


Education Unlimited - Michael Kroesche, MFA (Instructor)

Michael Kroesche, MFA — Instructor

Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived and taught all over the world. He received his BA in creative writing from the Univ. of Southern California where he was awarded the Virginia...


Education Unlimited - Grant Walker (Instructor)

Grant Walker — Instructor

I attended the University of Pennsylvania for my undergraduate studies, receiving my BA in 2006, with a double major in Cognitive Science and Communication. After college, I worked as a Research Assistant at...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jun 18th - Jun 24th 9th - 10th Berkeley Camp Location: UC Berkeley $2,390.00 – $2,850.00
Jul 2nd - Jul 10th 9th - 12th Tufts University $2,390.00 – $2,850.00
Jul 23rd - Jul 29th 9th - 10th Los Angeles Camp Location: UCLA $2,390.00 – $2,850.00