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Our Summer Clinic Location:
Sterne School
838 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA 
                                    2020 SCHEDULE                               


    SESSION I:     July 6 - July 17
                        All classes are Monday  - Friday

Morning Courses, 8:30 am - 11:00 am:  
    Math Intensive 
    Word and Sentence Intensive 

Afternoon Courses, 12 pm - 3:30 pm:
    Reading & Writing I 
    Reading & Writing II 
    Reading to Pre-Writing III 

    SESSION II:     July 20 - July 31
                         All classes are Monday  - Friday

Morning Courses, 8:30 am - 11:00 am: 
     Math Intensive
     Word and Sentence Intensive 

Afternoon Courses, 12 pm - 3:30 pm:
    Reading & Writing I 
    Reading & Writing II 
    Reading to Pre-Writing III 

SESSION III:  Test Prep    

SSAT Preparatory Clinic  August 3 - August 7 
                          The one-week course is Monday - Friday
                          8:30 am - 3:30 pm 

SSAT/SAT one-week workshops is Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 13:30 pm and costs $2,675.

Morning Courses are Monday - Friday 
8:30 am – 11:00 am and cost $1,890.

Afternoon Courses are Monday - Friday 
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm and cost $2,675.

Morning Courses (Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 11:00 am)

  • Each session is a minimum of two consecutive weeks. Additional individual weeks can be added, as needed.
  • Math and Word and Sentence clinics cannot be attended during the same week(s). 

Afternoon courses (Monday – Friday 12:00pm – 3:30pm)

  • Each session is for two consecutive weeks.
  • For all three levels, students can elect to come back after an initial two-week course for additional weeks of intensive writing. These weeks can be added one week at a time.

    Call for info at 415.933-7630 (Christine) or 415-310-6640 (Paul)


                                     COURSE DESCRIPTIONS                               

For students entering 8th or 11th/12th grades

Previous test scores and other academic input will produce individualized study
plans, with special attention paid to how best to take advantage of any accommodations and how best to shelter any vulnerabilities caused by learning and attention challenges. These considerations will guide one-on-one and small group instruction in subject matter
and test-taking strategies, to be followed with mini-tests and progress tracking.
A final mock exam will assess overall progress and provide suggestions for conti-
nued study.

For students entering 5th - 12th grades

 Word & Sentence Intensives I & II 

Transitioning from Informal Speaking to Formal Writing

I. Starting the Transition

Students will learn to decode words for meaning versus sound, and
to monitor formal versus informal word choices. They will also learn
how to make clear, complete sentences, using punctuation and more advanced grammar.

II. Mastering the Transition

Students will build more advanced vocabulary through effective use 
of a college dictionary and thesaurus. They will also learn to link ideas within sentences and between sentences within one paragraph.

 Math Intensives 

Math fluency requires both understanding key concepts as well as applying them appropriately. This math sequence guides each student through the concepts, 
procedures and strategies that he or she needs to build success and confidence. 
The clinics are tailored to the individual needs of each student and provide 
assistance in mastering concrete and abstract problems.

I.    The Foundation | Math Facts and Beyond
II.   Breaking it Down | Fractions/Decimals/Percents
III.  Moving into Space | Geometry
IV.  What are the Chances? | Probability & Statistics
V.   Alphabet Math | Pre-Algebra
VI.  Finding the Unknown | Algebra Review/ Preview


For students entering 5th - 12th grades

 Reading & Writing I
(This class is open to 5th & 6th grade students.)

Students will work with “idea maps” to identify text structure. They will use these tools to locate key ideas, understand their relationships, make accurate textual references, and guide and monitor writing clear and complete summaries.

 Reading & Writing IIExpository           
(This class is open to 7
th & 8th grade students.)

Students will learn how to abstract out the structure of more complex expository texts, to develop effective summaries (Idea Maps)  and higher-level interpretations (Analysis Maps).

 Reading to Pre-Writing III
          (This class is open to 9th & 12th grade students.)

           Using clinic readings, students will learn how to take on primary sources and scholarly

 Pre-Writing to Drafting IIIExpository  
(This class is open to 9
th & 10th grade students.)

Students will use their prior work as starting points for learning how to outline a
more complex essay, as well as how to draft and evaluate thesis, body, and conclusion paragraphs. They will also learn the protocols for effective use of quotations from
their reading.

If you have questions please call or e-mail
CHRISTINE - 415-933-7630 christine@sfspark.com
PAUL - 415.310-6640 paul@sfspark.com


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