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A+ Summer High School

Education Unlimited - 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 the 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.

A few words from our A+ Summer High School Campers!

"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, 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, parent

The instructors were great, and I learned so much. It was also a great way to end summer.” — Participant 

A+ Summer High School - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - John Kephart, PhD (Camp Director & Instructor )

John Kephart, PhD — Camp Director & Instructor

Dr. John Kephart III is an associate professor at California State University, Northridge.  Dr. Kephart has a PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the University of Southern California.  A member of the Education Unlimited team since 2008, Dr. Kephart has served as instructor, director and curriculum designer.  He helped to develop the...

Education Unlimited - Daniel Balogun (Logic Instructor)

Daniel Balogun — Logic Instructor

Daniel Balogun is a missionary math teacher at the CEAD Christian...

Education Unlimited - Harrison Foster (Instructor)

Harrison Foster — Instructor

Harrison Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from University of California, Berkeley. His love of language and the power of words has inspired his teaching career.  He has taught in both class and individual format, developed curriculum and materials, and worked to build confidence in high school students as they prepare for the...

Education Unlimited - Shaun Holloway (Instructor)

Shaun Holloway — Instructor

Shaun Holloway is an English and Composition Instructor at George Mason University, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree.  Through his writing workshops, he focuses on a wide variety of genres including novel, short story, personal and personal and philosophical essays, poetry, radio drama, and graphic novels.  Shaun is a...

Education Unlimited - Iris Malone (Instructor)

Iris Malone — Instructor

Iris is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at Stanford University where she studies international security and political methodology. Prior to Stanford, she had a Fulbright Scholarship in...

Education Unlimited - Adam Marston, MFA (Instruction)

Adam Marston, MFA — Instruction

Adam Marston is an English teacher and freelance writer.  He has taught both at the high school and college level, most recently as a writing instructor, teaching Introduction to College Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has also taught Leadership to high school students for the Kingdom Education Foundation. Adam has a...

Education Unlimited - Andrea Rivard (Writing Instructor)

Andrea Rivard — Writing Instructor

Andrea Rivard is a teacher currently teaching AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition at Summit Public Schools: Tahoma in South San Jose.  Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a minor in Earth Science, from University of Northern Colorado. A high school teacher, Andrea has taught Intro to Journalism, Creative...

Education Unlimited - Daniel Williams, MFA (Writing Instructor)

Daniel Williams, MFA — Writing Instructor

Daniel Williams is an instructor and copywriter with a Master of Fine...

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 16th 2019 - Jun 22nd 2019 9th - 10th Yale University $2,675.00 – $3,150.00
Jul 7th 2019 - Jul 13th 2019 9th - 10th UCLA $2,675.00 – $3,150.00
Jul 14th 2019 - Jul 20th 2019 9th - 10th Georgetown University $2,675.00 – $3,150.00
Jul 21st 2019 - Jul 27th 2019 9th - 10th UC Berkeley $2,675.00 – $3,150.00
Jul 28th 2019 - Aug 3rd 2019 9th - 10th Stanford University $2,675.00 – $3,150.00
Aug 4th 2019 - Aug 10th 2019 9th - 10th MIT $2,675.00 – $3,150.00