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Prep Camp Excel ™

Education Unlimited - Prep Camp Excel ™

Prep Camp ExcelTM is for motivated rising 9th and 10th grade students seeking to excel in high school so that when college application time rolls around, they have attained the best possible GPA, resume, and course of study. This seven-day camp offers students exposure to many of the same principles that older students get at College Admission Prep Camp in a similarly relaxed and fun atmosphere. Prep Camp Excel uses a three-pronged curriculum to promote high school success, including courses in Essay Writing, PSAT Prep, and Study Skills.

Essay Writing Writing competent essays is not only critical to getting good grades, but it is also one of the most important skills a student can take away from high school. Unfortunately, the kind of one-on-one instruction necessary in learning to write well is rarely available in schools. At Prep Camp Excel, students have the opportunity to work individually with experienced, first-rate teachers. Each student will bring home one of the best essays he or she has ever written, and most importantly, will have gained the knowledge of how to write more outstanding essays for the new school year!

PSAT Prep and Test Taking Training The PSAT is a crucial test for college recruiting as well as for the National Merit Scholarship contest, yet most students go into the exam with little or no preparation. Excel campers will take two full PSAT exams over the course of the week. Our exclusive curriculum teaches math, grammar and vocabulary building skills, which not only prove invaluable for the PSAT but also for Math and English classes in high school. The two-year average PSAT score improvement of Prep Camp Excel students, measured by entrance and exit exams, is 16.2 points- the equivalent of 162 points on the SAT!

Study Skills Good students know that success in high school is not just about how much you know but about how you organize, display and use that knowledge. Our instructors will work with students in important areas that are often overlooked in the high school curriculum: high school planning, presentation skills, time management, and notetaking.

Life On and Off Campus Planned recreational excursions allow students to experience local attractions, and on-campus evening and afternoon activities balance the academic day. Living in the dorms together encourages students to build close friendships that last through high school and beyond.

“I was really pleased with how dramatically my PSAT scores changed.” -Riley McCoon, Excel camper

"It was very laid back, but we still did everything we needed to do. It was a very good environment to learn in." -Natalie Peterson, Excel Camper

"(The writing teacher, Pam) reviewed our papers and gave us feedback as if we were adults, which really helped to develop our strength in paper writing." -Jennifer Chan, Excel Camper

“I would definitely recommend this camp to other students because the curriculum is exceptional, and because it is a great opportunity to meet some really fantastic kids.” -Kristin Lee, Excel Camper


2014 Prep Camp Excel ™ Staff

Staff are typically drawn from experts in the subject matter and/or exceptional, proven teachers, usually a combination of the two. Staff vary by program, but staffing at all camps are held to the highest possible standards. Some of the camp teachers we have confirmed for this summer include:

Education Unlimited - Aaron Walker (Camp Director and PSAT and Writing Instructor)

Aaron Walker, Camp Director and PSAT and Writing Instructor

 

Dr. Walker earned his B.A. in English with Honors at the Arizona State University (ASU). He acquired both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Southern California (USC).
 
He currently serves as an Assistant Director and Program Specialist with the USC McNair Scholars Program, Office of Undergraduate Programs, a Division of the USC Office of the Provost. His responsibilities include graduate school advising, teaching writing and research methods, program planning, and fiscal and budget management. 
 
As an instructor, advisor, and coordinator, he has acquired extensive experiences working with high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students. He has taught and advised high school students preparing for college, undergraduates preparing for graduate school, and graduate students preparing their research for publications and conferences. The student populations he has served over the years have been truly diverse in every aspect, including: 
domestic and international students; students from historically underrepresented minority backgrounds; students coming from low to high socioeconomic households; students designated as academically gifted; and students with 
distinct learning disabilities. 
 
In the capacity of an academic writing and research methods instructor, Dr. Walker has taught and advised USC Undergraduates (McNair Scholars) and USC Ph.D. Students (EDGE Fellows). He is well-versed on research writing and 
protocols, familiar with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches.
 
Dr. Walker is a distinguished debater, participating in debate teams where he has competed nationally during his high school and undergraduate years. During his last year in high school he was recruited by UC Berkeley, USC, and ASU for 
their debate teams (he decided to attend ASU). As an undergraduate and throughout his graduate school years he assumed a leadership role as a debate coach for high school youth competing in local and national-level debate tournaments. 
 
While at USC, Dr. Walker has designed and taught classes on argumentative writing, research methods, and critical analysis. Between 2006 and 2011, he was an assistant lecturer with the USC Writing Program. In 2008, he began serving 
in an administrative capacity as a coordinator, where he supervised and mentored other writing instructors in course development and management. Additionally, he was a liaison between the Writing Department and USC faculty that 
teach related courses, and was also responsible for attending meetings with department chairs. 
 
 


Education Unlimited - Robert Egan (Camp Director)

Robert Egan, Camp Director

Robert Egan has been both an instructor since 2005 and a program director since 2010 for Education Unlimited. He was previously the debate coach for the Sage Ridge School in Reno, Nevada. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2008. While there, he continued competing in collegiate parliamentary debate, both nationally and internationally, through the Chicago Debate Society. He has directed programs focusing on public speaking, competitive debate, and college admissions/SAT prep at UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Tufts University for Education Unlimited. He also has privately tutored math, critical reasoning/reading, writing, and the SAT/ACT. 


Education Unlimited - Lauren Elmore (Assistant Director & Study Skills Instructor)

Lauren Elmore, Assistant Director & Study Skills Instructor

Lauren Elmore is a Ph.D. candidate in English literature and gender studies at the University of Southern California. She has taught freshman composition at USC for seven semesters, and she also has three years of experience as an SAT and GRE prep tutor. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and journalism from The University of Georgia, minored in film studies, and will always prefer SEC football over Pac 12.


Education Unlimited - Grant Walker (PSAT Instructor)

Grant Walker, PSAT Instructor

I attended the University of Pennsylvania for my undergraduate studies, receiving my BA in 2006, with a double major in Cognitive Science and Communication. After college, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Philadelphia, investigating the impact of stroke on language functions. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine. I am a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as the National Merit Scholarship. 


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 21st 2015 - Jun 27th 2015 9th - 10th UC Berkeley $2,250.00 – $2,685.00
Jul 12th 2015 - Jul 18th 2015 9th - 10th UCLA $2,250.00 – $2,685.00