College Admission Prep Camp Abridged

CAPC Abridged provides our time-tested SAT prep, personal statement writing, and college counseling curriculum, similar to our residential College Admission Prep Camp but for students who would prefer to participate in only part of the camp curriculum.

    **For Summer 2020, a two-week (1/2 day) online version of this course is available
     To register for the online course, please follow the directions below:

      * Click "Apply Now" on the top right of this screen
     *  Follow the prompts to enter parent and student information on screens 1 and 2
     * On screen 3, select the following options: 

           CAMP CATEGORY: College Admissions Programs
           CAMP NAME: College Admissions Prep Camp (TM)
           CAMP SESSION: Select the dates you prefer
           PRICE OPTION: Select one of the two options below: 
            Full Curriculum (SAT, Personal Statement, College Counseling) - Online - 1995.00
            SAT Curriculum Only - Online - 1195.00

    You will then be able to add the camp to your cart and complete the registration process.  If you have questions, or need help, please do not hesitate to ask.  The chat window feature on the bottom right is a convenient way to get quick answers, you may also call us at 510-548-6612.


    Click the tabs below to learn more about this program.

    While the three choices vary by intensity, location, and price, all CAPC programs share three basic core components:

    SAT Preparation

    CAPC Abridged Students receive 25 hours of supervised SAT prep. Students at CAPC have the opportunity to intensively concentrate on SAT preparation without the distractions of school year assignments, clubs, and activities. College Admission Prep Camp is an opportunity for students to learn the skills and strategies required for success on the SAT, including grammar skills, advanced math, and critical reading. Our experienced instructors employ our time-tested SAT curriculum, which familiarizes students with all aspects of the new SAT exam. Our focus is providing students with test-taking strategies and reasoning skills to employ, rather than training students to rely primarily on tricks. Our CAPC students have historically scored average increases of nearly 200 points!

    College Admission Prep CampTM is uniquely equipped to maximize SAT scores because our curriculum utilizes College Board materials. Rather than try to mimic the College Board’s questions, CAPC purchases exams directly from the test maker.

    While CAPC Abridged focuses primarily on SAT prep, there are also evening sessions that allow students to explore personal statement writing as well as college counseling (3 hours each). 

    Personal Statement Writing

    Students receive one-on-one advice and instruction, in order for them to become familiar and get a headstart on this important part of their application by the program's end. 

    In the college admissions process, the Personal Statement is a chance for your student to stand out in the crowd. Personal statements are a significant platform to demonstrate their facility with writing, allow their uniqueness to shine through, and identify less quantifiable characteristics for college admittance. College Admission Prep Camp offers every student advice and consultation with experts to hone these-critically important pieces of writing. 

    Personal Statement Writing teaches students how to present themselves in the most positive light during the college admission process. Students will learn to express the self-awareness, imagination, and curiosity that will help them to be attractive candidates for selective colleges. Students learn how to choose a topic, develop ideas, edit for content and style and avoid common pitfalls that weaken an applicant’s chances of admission. By the end of the program, each student will have written about a meaningful personal topic that is ready for submission with his or her college application.

    College Counseling

    Even at the most prestigious private high schools, the ratio of students to counselors can exceed 100:1, offering minimal individual contact and attention. Students who attend CAPC Abridged are able to explore their college options, ask important questions and talk one-on-one with an individual who will help set their direction in the college admission process. 


    Our expert Instructors and low staff to student ratios facilitate a close-knit, collegial community. Instructors live on campus with the students as supervisors and mentors. In addition to rigorous academics, students also participate in a fun and engaging camp atmosphere with local excursions and recreation built into their day.  


    At the conclusion of camp, students leave with a college admissions timeline, practice SAT workbooks and tests, 1-2 essay responses, and a better understanding of their next steps for the upcoming year in high school and for continuing the college admissions process with success. 

    Camps for rising 9th-12th graders have two options:

    • Extended Day: Extended Day Campers attend camp from 9am to 9pm seven days a week (except check-in and check-out days, which are half days), with lunch and dinner provided in the dining hall each day.
    • Overnight: Overnight campers check-in after lunch on the first day of camp and check out before lunch on the last day of camp. All meals and shared dorm accommodations are provided.

    **An online version of this course is not currently available. If you would be interested in taking an online version of this course should it be offered, please use this link to express your interest.**

    Program Grades Location Start Date End Date Price Options Register

    Sample Schedule CAPC Abridged

    8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
    9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
    9:15 am SAT math class
    11:00 am Personal statement writing workshop
    12:30 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for all campers)
    1:30 pm SAT reading & writing class
    3:30 pm College counseling class
    5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (included for all campers)
    6:30 pm Practice test review
    8:00 pm Evening recreation activities
    9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
    10:00 pm Floor check
    10:30 pm Room check

    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:

    John Robert Johnson - SAT Instructor

    Robert Johnson is an instructor specializing in standardized test preparation. For close to 20 years, Robert has taught the skills and nuances of test prep in both class and one-on-one format. Inducted into MENSA during his teen years, Robert became a National Merit Finalist after he received his own impressive test scores. A graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Robert began tutoring his fellow students during college through his on-campus Learning Enrichment Center. Upon graduation, his lifelong study of standardized tests began. He has authored more than 1,000 test questions still in use around the world today and developed test materials and curriculum for numerous agencies. In addition to his attention to intellectual learning, Robert teaches strategies to help students with test anxiety, poor organization, and ineffective time management.

    In addition to being a test preparation instructor, Robert has spent time pursuing other interests as performing comedy and training as a professional sushi chef. He joined the Education Unlimited team in 2017.

    Sarah Hoffman - College Counselor

    Sarah Hoffman brings more than 30 years of experience in the college admissions field both as a College Admissions officer and a high school college counselor.  She holds a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of College Admission Counseling.