English Enrichment Program
Through comprehensive weekly lessons in vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking and good study habits, our friendly EEP instructors help elementary and middle school students (3rd to 7th grade) build a strong English foundation.
Math classes at Keystone Education are a great way to stay ahead of the curve! Our classes follow the local schools’ curriculum, including the new Common Core Initiative, while encouraging students to work at a faster pace to get ahead of their peers.
Today’s students are challenged to think critically and express themselves clearly in writing and speech. In our Writer's Workshops class, students learn to analyze both fiction and non-fiction sources to develop their creative and analytical writing skills. Higher-level workshops require students to present their essays to the class, reinforcing communication and discussion skills. This interactive style of learning makes writing both relevant and fun!
English-language learners get the opportunity to experience key components of language acquisition, such as phonics, reading comprehension, listening ability, and conversational skills. Intensive focus on vocabulary allows students to progress quickly. In our English-only classrooms, students venture out of their comfort zones and develop fluency in English.
THE KEYSTONE DIFFERENCE
Keystone Editor and English Instructor, Stephanie Rioux, shares some of the challenges students face with the Common Core and the SAT Essay along with how Keystone Education targets these challenges, reinforces essential skills, and supports our students to cultivate a strong learning foundation.
The SAT features a heavy focus on text analysis and an emphasis on the key Math and English skills necessary for success in college. In response to the recent changes to the SAT test, Keystone Education has crafted new tests and strategy lessons to best prepare students for the challenges of the SAT. Our experienced teachers and comprehensive materials have helped our students achieve phenomenal results, with over 90% increasing their scores significantly.
The essay component of the SAT is perhaps the most difficult aspect of the redesigned test, requiring an intensive level of analysis and composition. Our classes direct students step by step through the reading comprehension techniques and rhetorical strategies necessary for top scores on the essay. Though the essay section of the SAT is now “optional,” it is actually required by many top colleges including all UC’s.
In our PSAT Program, middle school and high school students (7th to 10th grade) encounter a challenging regimen of academic vocabulary, useful grammar, in-depth reading, and critical writing, preparing them for the state’s Common Core testing, the PSAT, and other critical academic challenges ahead.
The ACT can be a good alternative for students who read quickly and have a strong foundation in science. Comprehensive review for each of the ACT’s five sections: Writing, English, Math, Reading, and Science. Weekly timed model tests and homework practice reinforce skills learned in class.
Included with All classes
At Keystone Education, all of our current students receive personalized counseling services, free of charge. Beginning with our initial interview and assessment, we are always closely monitoring and evaluating our students' challenges, development, and performance.
Motivation & Goal Setting
Having assisted thousands of students with their college planning and achieving their academic goals, we understand that each student has a different path to follow and requires the individual attention of our directors, counselors, teachers, and staff. Whether a student enters our school at the elementary, middle, or high school level, each child receives personalized attention. We never hesitate to lead the way.
With over twenty years of experience, we have broad as well as specific knowledge of our local school districts. We work closely with area schools and can give our students the best advice about which schools to choose, which classes to take, and which extra-curriculars fit them best.
College Application Program
Keystone Education has followed the dramatic changes in the college admissions process over the last 20 years. We understand the increasing competitiveness that students face, and have developed a program to guide applicants through the entire application process.
Formal consultations begin after 11th grade, when a student has solidified his/her academic record. Space in this program is limited and all students must undergo a comprehensive interview and evaluation process prior to working with our elite team of college application experts.
Personalizing Writing Style
Essay Content Revising
Essay Formatting and Finalization
Campus and Major Selection
Student "Resume" Analysis