Summer@SJP

STUDY SKILLS • COLLEGE PREP • TEST PREP

Study Skills: starts June 26

601. Study Skills
Rising 7th  – 9th graders

Students study skills and work habits can have a major impact on their performance at school.  This course will help the individual to become a better overall student.  Topics will include organization, time management, test taking strategies, reading and studying, note taking, writing reports, listening, following directions, presentations and other skills necessary for success.

Dr. Michael Orlando '02, St. John’s Prep World Language Department Chair & Faculty

Dates: June 26 – 29: Monday through Thursday
Time: 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K334
Tuition: $250

Study Skills: starts July 10

602. Study Skills
Rising 7th  – 9th graders

Students study skills and work habits can have a major impact on their performance at school.  This course will help the individual to become a better overall student.  Topics will include organization, time management, test taking strategies, reading and studying, note taking, writing reports, listening, following directions, presentations and other skills necessary for success.

Dr. Michael Orlando '02, St. John’s Prep World Language Department Chair & Faculty

Dates: July 10, 13 & 14: Monday, Thursday & Friday
Time: noon - 3:30 pm
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K334
Tuition: $250

SAT Prep Course

605. SAT Prep Course  
Rising 10th - 12th graders 

This course will provide any student who plans to take the SAT-1 exam with strategies and practice designed to improve his or her performance on the day of the test. Class sessions will cover all sections of the test (reading, math, and writing), but will emphasize the reading and math sections of the test. Materials used in class will include both practice designed to emphasize useful strategies and actual past SAT questions. The tuition includes two textbooks in addition to all pre and post test materials.

Mr. Joseph Wyrwa St. John’s Prep, Mathematics Department Faculty
Mr. John Munro '02, St. John's Prep, English Department Faculty 

Dates & Times:

June 26

June 27

  

Monday 12:30 - 4 pm (Pre-Test)

Tuesday 1 - 3 pm English

June 28 Wednesday 6 - 8 pm Math

July 5

 

Wednesday 4:00 - 6:30 pm Math

July 10

 

Monday 1:30 - 4 pm English
July 11 Tuesday 1:30 - 4 pm English
July 12 
Wednesday 4:00 - 6:30 pm Math
July 13 Thurs 12:30 - 4 pm (Post-Test)

Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K223
Tuition: $625

SAT/ACT English: 1 on 1 tutoring

605A. SAT /ACT ENGLISH: 1 on 1 tutoring  

For the student looking for personalized instruction on the English section of the SAT and/or ACT test. A SJP English teacher will delve into the grammar and reading comprehension nuances of these standardized tests. Students will learn time-saving tips and "Top 10 Tricks" from a seasoned member of the SJP English faculty. Before each session, students will receive instruction, take timed tests, then receive immediate feedback on how to improve their performance. Materials for each session will include a series of Google Forms quizzes and web-based programs.

Faculty Member, St. John's Prep, English Department Faculty

Dates: Five 1 on 1, 75 minute tutoring sessions offered during the summer
Times: Within a week of registering you will be contacted by a faculty member to arrange scheduling.
Location: First meeting will take place on SJP campus; subsequent meetings can take place remotely via WebEx (wireless access required)
Tuition: $600

SAT/ACT Math: 1 on 1 tutoring

605B. SAT /ACT MATH: 1 on 1 tutoring  

For the student looking for personalized instruction on the Math section of the SAT and/or ACT test. A SJP Math teacher will delve into math specific strategies and content of these standardized tests. Students will learn time-saving tips from a seasoned member of the SJP Math faculty. Before each session, students will receive instruction, take timed tests, then receive immediate feedback on how to improve their performance. Materials for each session will be provided.

Faculty Member, St. John's Prep, Math Department Faculty

Dates: Five 1 on 1, 75 minute tutoring sessions offered during the summer
Times: Within a week of registering you will be contacted by a faculty member to arrange scheduling.
Location: Meetings will take place on the campus of St. John's Prep.
Tuition: $600

HSPT Test Preparation

606. HSPT Test Preparation
Rising 7th and 8th graders

A successful performance on the HSPT test can be the gateway into an outstanding high school education for your middle school child. Exceptional scores in some cases may be rewarded with partial or even full scholarships from some high schools. The St. John’s HSPT test preparation program is designed to offer students a convenient, high quality test prep course for the high school placement test. Taught by St. John’s teachers trained in test preparation, the courses use practice material carefully chosen to provide students with

  • Effective strategies to help them cope with both math and verbal problems and
  • Extensive practice with HSPT questions
  • Foundation necessary to boost confidence

Our faculty will help students to increase their scores by giving them test-taking skills necessary to read and solve problems efficiently and accurately. Students will learn strategies to increase their scores by eliminating incorrect answers and by making wise educated guesses.   Our faculty will help students to increase speed without compromising accuracy.

Mr. Joseph Wywra , St. John’s Prep Math Department Faculty

Dates: June 19 – July 5  Weeks 1 & 2 class meets Mon., Tues. & Thur., Week 3 class meets Wednesday

Registrations are no longer being accepted for this class. For more information on other HSPT classes please contact Ms. Sandra Martin at smarten@stjohnsprep.org.

Times: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (Note that the first and 7th class will meet from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm)
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K315
Tuition: $400

SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) Preparation

607. SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) Preparation
Rising 7th and 8th graders

The SSAT is offered on two levels: a lower level recommended for students currently in grades 5 through 7, and an upper level recommended for students currently in grades 8 – 11. The course offered at St. John's is for the upper level SSAT.

Preferred by most private high schools, the SSAT is approximately 2½ hours in length and consists of multiple choice questions and a written essay. The subjects include reading, verbal, and quantitative skills.

Nine classes including pre and post test. Begins and ends with a full-length practice SSAT exam in a test-like setting. Each two-hour class introduces a type of question students will encounter on the exam and shows students how to cope with it more effectively. In-class timed practice to supplement homework. SSAT topics are similar to those found in the HSPT test with additional emphasis placed on verbal analogies and statistics.

Among other strategies, topics covered include plugging in math answers and estimating fractions, decimals, equations, algebra, geometry, and statistics; previewing reading passages and questions on critical reading; focus on common errors in the writing section; tips for successful essay writing analogies and vocabulary building.

Ms. Jennifer Jones, St. John’s Prep Library Staff
Mr. Jeff Cann, St. John’s Prep Math Department Faculty

Dates: June 19 - July 7, Weeks 1 & 2 class meets Mon., Tues., & Thur., Week 3 class meets Wed., Thur., Fri.
Times: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm (The first and last classes will 11:30 am – 2:30 pm)
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K316
Tuition: $450 (tuition includes textbooks, as well as Pre and Post test materials)

This class is no longer accepting registrations.


For other summer SSAT sessions please contact Ms. Sandra Martin at smartin@stjohnsprep.org.

The College Interview

608. The College Interview           
Rising 11th  and 12th  graders
 

If you think about it, most all of life changes usually begin with an interview and a handshake. Learn to interview for admission to college in a relaxed and supportive environment with members of the School Counseling department. They will teach you the best college interview tips and mistakes before you have your first interview. This is a skill building class that will help you to feel confident and assured for college interviewing and job interviewing as well.
 
Students will learn the importance of appropriate, dress, body language, speaking correctly, being prepared for a variety of questions, and promoting the authenticity of your unique personality.  This class will teach to skills and we will have fun while we learn.
 
Ms. Nancy Sacco, St. John’s Prep Guidance Department

Dates: July 12, Wednesday
Time: 10 am – 1:30 pm  
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K122                                 
Tuition: $50

College Essay Writing Workshop

609. College Essay Writing Workshop                                              
Rising 11th  and 12th  graders
 

This class is designed for incoming seniors, especially those who plan to apply early to colleges and would like to get a head start on the application process. Students will: 1.) Learn what college admissions personnel are looking for in a college essay, 2.) Develop topics, outline, write, edit and revise their college essays, 3.) Benefit from the knowledge and experience of both our English department and school counseling department in regard to the college application process, 4.) Enjoy a productive environment with motivated peers all working towards their personal goals, 5.) Have at least one college essay completed by the end of the course! 

Mr. Robert O'Brien '04, St. John’s Prep English Faculty

Two dates offered:

609A: June 19 – 29 
           Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays
609B: July 10 – 20 
           Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time for both sessions: 5-7 pm
Tuition: $250 
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K127

College Essay Writing: 1 on 1 Tutoring

610. College Essay Writing: 1 on 1 tutoring
 

For the student looking for personalized instruction with the college Common Application essay, a SJP English teacher will help brainstorm ideas, recommend a topic uniquely personal to the student, provide feedback on drafts, and offer final proofreading. Following an intentional schedule, students will brainstorm ideas in June, develop drafts in July, and polish their product in August. In that way, the Common  App essay will be largely competed by September allowing the student to focus on other college-related activities during the first semester of senior year.

Faculty Member, St. John's Prep, English Department Faculty

Dates: June -August
Times: Within a week of registering you will be contacted by a faculty member to arrange scheduling.
Location: First brainstorming meeting will take place on SJP campus; subsequent meetings can take place remotely via WebEx (wireless access required)
Tuition: $550
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