Young Writer's Enrichment Institute: July 15—July 26, 2024

Intended for middle school students, this two-week residential course focuses on building fundamental reading, writing, and organizational skills. Open to U.S. residents only.

The Program

The WRITING element of the course places emphasis on the development of analytical and expository composition. Diving into essential grammatical principles, the course reviews sentence structure and syntax, with particular attention given to circumventing the most common of grammatical errors. The program places special attention on developing students' ability to think and write critically about a myriad of perspectives that affect the world around us. We take an in-depth look at the writing process, which encompasses generating authentic topics, building effective outlines, and learning how to revise drafts.

During the READING portion, teachers foster skills of reading fluency, comprehension, and expanding students' vocabulary. Seminar-style class discussions examine selected stories and stress a critical approach to literature.   Teachers guide students as they learn how to read closely and carefully. Students frequently write concise, detailed paragraphs that address overarching thematic concepts in their readings and reinforce their analytical skills. Our goal is to push our students to develop critical thinking skills that will aid them throughout their academic career.

The goal of the STUDY SKILLS component is to boost students’ academic performance by teaching effective time management, organizational, and study habits. Students learn how to set goals, make choices, and establish priorities. The course focuses on different styles of learning, methods for planning out their workload, and effectively using library resources.

Daily Schedule

Participants engage in four and a half hours of classroom activities each day (the class size is limited to 12 students per section). In addition, they take part in a daily athletic program, as well as a variety of cultural, recreational, and extracurricular offerings, both on and off campus. Meals and housing are provided on campus. Each student is typically assigned one roommate of the same age and gender.

7:00—7:45 Breakfast
8:00—9:30 Part 1: Writing
9:30—10:00 Assembly or Break
10:00—11:30 Part 2: Reading
11:30—12:15 Lunch
12:30—2:00 Part 3: Organizational and Study Skills
2:00—3:15 Free Time
3:15—4:30 Sports
5:00—6:00 Dinner
6:00—8:00 Free Time
7:30—9:30 Evening Activities or Homework
10:15 Dorm Check-in
10:30 Lights

Who Should Apply?

This program aims to elevate students with academic potential to the next level. Students who can benefit from more individualized attention from versatile educators are encouraged to apply. Participants can expect to enter high school having become more disciplined students and more confident readers and writers. U.S. residents only.

Boarding Tuition and Fees