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A+ Summer Pre-College

Education Unlimited - A+ Summer Pre-College

A+ Summer Pre-College Rising 11th and 12th grade students prepare for college-level academics and build skills to qualify for top colleges at A+ Summer Pre-College, held on the campuses of Stanford University, Yale University, UC Berkeley and Conneticut College. Students attend courses in logic, research, writing, and presentations and develop the vocabulary, problem solving and critical reading skills necessary for success on exams and in college-level courses.

Students from even the best high schools are not always ready for the demands of university scholarship. Our goal is to prepare high school students to succeed in college by giving them experience with academic projects similar to those found in college classes in a dynamic, supportive and supervised environment. Over the course of the 14-day program, students will:

  • Author a well-reasoned paper that evidences organized argumentation and implements a theoretical framework

  • Create a convincing academic presentation and defend their work before friends and faculty

  • Leave with an academic timeline to assist in planning for college entrance and preparing for college academics, including a vocabulary development plan, time management tools, and a study skills tool kit

  • Navigate a large university campus and carry out the independent skills necessary to be a successful college student

  • Complete an introductory SAT practice test and leave with a subscription to an e-Prep online SAT prep course!

Participants will attend the following courses:

College-Level Writing

Perhaps the most important skill for college-bound students is the ability to write well-reasoned papers. Therefore, the foundation of the A+ Summer program is the College Level Writing Workshop. Our experienced instructors introduce students to college level writing and take them through the process of conceiving and developing a research report. Instructors will challenge students to move beyond simply regurgitating facts in their essays and will encourage them to use advanced methods of comparison and contrast, argumentation, and rhetorical analysis. Each student will write several drafts of an original research paper, as well as complete a number of shorter writing assignments. Our first-rate instructional staff of academic professionals will guide students with one-on-one feedback, lectures and class work. 

College Reading and Research

Students at A+ Summer will conduct college-level research on a topic typical to those found in college courses, allowing them to go beyond what they’ve read in books to actually investigate a question of interest. Our instructors will help students focus their research questions, analyze texts and data, and support their findings with evidence. Students will have access to  University libraries to conduct their research, and they will craft a college-level bibliography and literature review akin to what they will be expected to write in college. To further prepare students for college-level thinking, students will be trained in foundational methods for logical reasoning in order that they may apply them to their own research projects, in addition to classic texts and contemporary editorials. They will learn how to ferret out fallacious thinking and develop airtight arguments ready for defense. Furthermore, students will be introduced to “theory,” a subject incorporated into virtually every college-level humanities and social science curriculum but almost never taught in secondary schools. Students will learn how to read and understand a theory and ultimately incorporate that theory in their writing to frame and enhance an argument.

Presentation Skills

College students are often asked to explain and defend their work in presentations, but many students do not feel prepared for this challenge. The presentation skills class gives students practical skills and experience delivering effective oral presentations, Many students lack experience making concrete arguments in a presentation, so our instructors will provide students with techniques to stay on topic, speak in coherent, logical and complete sentences, and answer questions. Instructors will work one-on-one with students to give them specific and individualized feedback. In addition, students will prepare a final presentation of their research report to be delivered at the end of the program. Instructors use frequent interactive practices to make the class engaging and fun for all students.

Beyond the Classroom

Students participate in daily fun activities, including sports, games, arts, and movies. Excursions to local amusement venues, such as the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at the Stanford Camp, balance learning with entertainment. The most recurrent comment at the end of each summer is, “I never knew I would have so much fun!”

A few words from our A+ Summer Pre-College Campers!

“I feel totally prepared for college thesis papers...(A+ College) made me improve the way I thought, wrote and spoke.” — Katlyn Roobian

“So much of my freshman year of college was spent "learning how to play the game." I wish I had been able to attend A+ Pre-College and enter my first year of college with skills and confidence - what an advantage these students will have over the average undergrad!” — Former Education Unlimited Summer Staff Member

“Being on a college campus and the overall atmosphere is a fun experience.” — Werners Ballard III

“I thought the staff was the best. All of my instructors were nice and had great information.” — Nicolas Kerr

A+ Summer Pre-College - Staff Profiles

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:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2024 staff.

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  
Jul 28th - Aug 3rd 10 - 12 Stanford University $2,695.00 – $3,185.00