Write Ahead offers writing classes for 3rd-10th graders, a narrative essay for college applications class, and ISEE/SSAT classes for 5th-8th graders
All classes are online
(previously held in Wellesley, MA)
Multiple schedule options
January 21 - August 13, 2021 - No class Monday July 5
Sundays 7:00 - 8:30 pm (EST)
June 27 - Aug 15 (no class Jul 4)
Classes held once/week
September 8, 2021 - January 20, 2022 (17 sessions)
Writing classes are focused on expository/analytic writing strategies - developing and proving a claim or thesis statement. The curriculum follows an evidence-based teaching methodology whereby classes cycle through the full writing cycle (close reading, outlining, writing, revising, editing, scoring). Each cycle includes explicit writing strategies, tools and processes appropriate for the age-level. Students typically complete an essay every 4-5 classes. For additional information please see class descriptions at the bottom of this page. Max of 10 students/class.
Feedback on any assignments for school is included in the cost of tuition, and will be provided within 24 hours of being shared with Write Ahead. High school students tend to be diligent about seeking feedback on assignments prior to due dates, though this benefit is open to all students.
ISEE/SSAT Test Preparation
The ISEE/SSAT class is a comprehensive test-prep class that covers math, verbal, reading comprehension, and writing. Classes will cycle through presenting strategies to approach the different types of problems, practicing problems/questions, and reviewing questions answered incorrectly. Students typically have the knowledge and skills to receive a good score and primarily require exposure to the format as well as the tricks or nuances embedded in questions, which is a focus of the class.
Progress will be measured by comparing a pre-class test (we will provide) to scores on sections and practice tests throughout the class. Scores for every practice section are captured and tracked in a spreadsheet that parents can access anytime. Students and parents have full transparency of their progress. Students will have homework each day, 20-30 minutes if lower level, 30-45 minutes if mid or upper level. Max of 8 students per class.
Narrative Writing for College Applications
This class guides students through the process of developing a story, based on a personal experience, that could comprise a submission for a college essay. The story will reveal their character and personality, delving into experience(s) that influenced them and the resulting evolution of their thinking. Students will be taught to write about themselves in a manner that is expressive, detailed, revealing and memorable. See more . . .