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
Prep Camp Excel ™ - Staff Profiles
Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:
Dr. Aaron Walker currently serves as CTO of Relobase, LLC. where he manages data and technical operations for a company, facilitates relocation for the United States Armed Forces and provides portable careers to military spouses.
Previously, he served as Assistant Director and Program Specialist with the USC McNair Scholars Program, Office...
Steven graduated from Dartmouth College with an honors English major. He has worked as a College Counselor/SAT tutor for over twelve years, including providing private SAT instruction for students from across the globe. Steven currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to tutoring, Steven works as a painter- he has shown in galleries in...
In 2014 I completed my doctorate in Education in the department of Language, Literacy, Social and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The focus of my dissertation study was to identify emerging twenty-first century skills and practices in digital multi-networked after school programs in the San Francisco bay area. The...
Sam Haley-Hill is a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley who teaches Public Speaking and Acting in the department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Sam also coaches Policy and Public Forum debate for the College Preparatory School in Oakland. He holds an M.F.A. from Brown University and began working for Education Unlimited thirteen years ago.
Michael Kroesche was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but has lived and taught all over the world. He received his BA in creative writing from the Univ. of Southern California where he was awarded the Virginia Middleton Scholarship for excellence in academics and creative writing, and he earned his MFA in poetry from the Univ. of Las Vegas,...
We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.