A+ Summer High School
A+ Summer High School challenges rising 9th and 10th grade students with high-level academic activities that develop the skills needed for high school success and achievement. Over the course of seven days, students will attend classes in advanced argumentative writing, critical reading, and logic/problem solving. Students will also receive seminars and lectures covering study skills and strategies such as time management, note taking and course planning.
The program is designed to give students who are already doing well in school an experience that is both challenging and fun. Participants will gain new academic tools that will help them excel even further academically. Our unique classes give students the one-on-one attention that is often missing in school, allowing them to explore their potential as writers, thinkers, and doers.
Students who hold at least a 3.0 GPA and have demonstrated responsible conduct and academic motivation in school are eligible for A+ High School.
When students leave the program, they will have:
Challenged themselves to solve advanced logic problems and puzzles
Read and analyzed different literary genres in a college-like seminar
Written and developed several drafts of a well-argued persuasive essay
Participants will attend the following courses:
Advanced Writing. Argumentative writing is foundational for many high school and college classes. The writing classes at A+ Summer focus on guiding students through the writing process so that they understand the steps and techniques that go into writing outstanding essays. Our instructors will work with students one-on-one while they write several drafts of an argumentative essay. While our Prep Camp Excel writing classes provide an introduction to the persuasive essay and the writing process, A+ Summer writing classes focus on more advanced writing skills: revising for content, creating effective syntax and style, supporting arguments and using facts and quotations to maximize effect. Teachers will focus especially on what constitutes proof, including the various levels of proof, and how students can best implement these methods of ‘proving’ their essays.
Critical Reading. Students need critical reading skills to effectively and efficiently understand and process what they read in their classes. The Critical Reading classes at A+ Summer High School engage students in a college-level seminar format to help students move beyond surface understanding and literal interpretation. Students will read and analyze several texts revolving around a literary theme and will participate in discussions that push boundaries and inspire analysis. Students will be challenged to not just understand what they read, but to also engage with it to evaluate arguments and evidence that authors use. By learning to read for meaning rather than detail, students will be able to parlay with great authors and thinkers. Possible themes include: War and Peace, Race and Colonialism, Truth and Falsehood and Beauty and Monstrosity. Finally, students will have the opportunity to produce and direct a video project inspired by their own interpretation of the reading materials, which will be screened at the end of the program.
Logic and Problem Solving. Logic puzzles and problems challenge students to use their critical thinking skills in a fun, team-oriented setting. Logic classes at A+ Summer allow students to apply their math reasoning, vocabulary and teamwork skills to fun and practical logic problems. Students will take on brainteasers, scavenger hunts, board games, math and logic puzzles, formal logic problems and creative conundrums. The course culminates in a team tournament of minds with unforgettable mindbenders and wild prizes.
"The best feature of the camp was the teachers. They are very passionate about what they do. Camp was very college-like. I felt like I was a Stanford student. I would recommend the program because it.s a real college experience that every kid should have. At first I thought it was just sleep away school, but I was pleasantly surprised. Compared to other academic camps this was the best by FAR! The Critical Reading Instructor had the ability to get into everything he teaches. If I was a principal, I would fight to get him." —Evan Staggs, A+ High School participant
“The program was very focused on the goal of helping the students learn how to think and analyze like high schoolers…Joey would have liked to stay longer; he enjoyed the camp very much.” —Stella Atiba, A+ High School parent
“The instructors were great, and I learned so much. It was also a great way to end summer.” —A+ High School participant
A+ Summer High School - 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:
Born in sunny Southern California, and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, John Kephart III is a Los Angeles native who has never (yet) broken a bone, loves the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the sound of his own voice.
He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for...
Diana Khoi Nguyen has poems appearing or forthcoming in Poetry, American Poetry Review, PEN America, The Iowa Review, Denver Quarterly, and Gulf Coast, among others. She received an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, and has received awards, scholarships, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Key West Literary...
We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.
* Tentative and Subject to Change
|Jul 9th - Jul 15th||9th - 10th||Los Angeles Camp Location: UCLA||$2,650.00 – $2,985.00|
|Jul 16th - Jul 22nd||9th - 10th||Georgetown University||$2,650.00 – $2,985.00|
|Jul 23rd - Jul 29th||9th - 10th||Berkeley Camp Location: UC Berkeley||$2,650.00 – $2,985.00|
|Jul 30th - Aug 5th||9th - 10th||Stanford University||$2,650.00 – $2,985.00|