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Study Skills

1101A. 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.

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

Dates: June 27 – June 30: Monday through Thursday
Time: 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K334
Tuition: $250

Study Skills

1101B. 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.

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

Dates: July 11 – July 14: Monday through Thursday
Time: 1 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K334
Tuition: $250

Summer Reading & Study Skills Review

1102. Summer Reading & Study Skills Review
Rising 9th  – 10th graders 

This course will help students solidify their study skills with the help of the Prep high school summer read, Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Skills reviewed include: reading fluency, speed, and comprehension, note-taking, test-taking, and writing. You will refine your study skills and thoroughly read, discuss, and write about our summer reading book.

Mr. Jay Pawlyk '91, St. John's Prep English Faculty

Dates: Aug 8 – 12: Monday through Friday
Time: 10 am – noon
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K322
Tuition: $250

 

 

 

SAT Prep Course

803. SAT Prep Course  
Rising 10th - 12th graders (Class Cancelled)

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: June 27 - July 14, Mon., Tue., Thu. (Week 2 will meet Tue., Wed., Thu.,)
Times: 1 pm - 3:30 pm (First and last class will meet 12:30 pm - 4 pm)
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K314
Tuition: $625

 

HSPT Test Preparation

801. 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 20 – July 7, Mon., Tue., Thu. (Class will not meet on July 4 )

* For other summer HSPT sessions please contact Ms. Sandra Martin at smartin@stjohnsprep.org or check our fall class schedule at www.stjohnsprep.org/testprep


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

802. 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: Registration for this course is closed.  Please check our fall schedule for additional classes at www.stjohnsprep.org/testprep.

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


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)

The College Interview

602. 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 13, Wednesday
Time: 10 am – 1:30 pm  
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K122                                 
Tuition: $50

College Essay Writing Workshop

606. 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:

606A: June 28 – July 7
           Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

606B: July 11 – July 21 

          Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time for both sessions: 2–4 pm
Tuition: $250 
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K127

AP Spanish Language & Literature

607. Advanced Placement Spanish Language and Literature Writing Workshop
 

This seminar-style summer class offers incoming AP Spanish Language and Literature Students an opportunity to hone the writing skills acquired during their third year Spanish class.  This weeklong workshop will familiarize students with the writing expectations of their respective AP course.  Syntax, diction, grammar, and literary vocabulary will be discussed during the workshop as a prelude to the content of each course.  Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills by writing example essays during the workshop.  The target language will be used to help during the workshop so students can continue to improve their speaking. 

Mr. Michael Orlando, St. John’s Prep World Language Faculty


Dates
: July 11 – July 14 (Mon. through Thu.)
Time: 9 am – noon
Tuition: $200 
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K334

Achieve (X) Personal Growth Program

1103. Achieve (X) Personal Growth Program
 

This summer, St. John's Prep will host Achieve (X), a premier personal growth program developed at Stanford University for high school students. This unique growth opportunity connects students with experienced Stanford facilitators who use the Achieve (X) personal growth framework to help achieve better results in the areas of life most important to them, e.g., academic, athletic, relational and more.

During the four-day intensive program, students will identify their core value, develop a personal vision statement, pick a personal goal, and create an achievement ladder to successfully achieve their goal. Participants will use materials and authentic personal insights to draft a compelling personal essay for the college admissions process. Read more about Achieve.

Facilitators: Mr. Corey Dysick and Mr. Durell Coleman, Stanford University faculty

Dates
: July 6 – July 8 (Wednesday through Friday)
Time: 10 am – 2:30 pm
Tuition: $500
Location: Brother Keefe, C.F.X. Academic Center, Room K108

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