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College Preparation Courses

SAT Prep
Suggested Age

14-18

Prerequisite

Enrollment in Algebra 2 / Enrollment English 2

 

Purpose/Process

Formally CATP Course

The reboot of the SAT/PSAT courses are a result of thoughtful consideration of academic development and required skills. A few years ago, the College Board revised their test and gained substantial alignment with the ACT. We responded to provide the best in class solution with the College Assessment Test Prep (CATP) Course. We literally built a ‘Three-in-One’, but now a major change to the course is in order. The overwhelming factor driving the change is feedback from students and parents that the three-in-one is too heavy a course-load and takes too much dedicated time. Simply, the scope of CATP was too big.

 

Announcement: The CATP course will revert to the SAT Prep course as we strip the PSAT and ACT materials from the syllabus.

 

The SAT has by far the greatest demand for a “year-long”, intense preparatory test program and One Day Academy is a tremendous environment for such a program. The PSAT is unique as a summer program because its foundational and its proximity to the October test for 8th-11th graders. Once again, One Day Academy is a welcome platform for this course.

 

The opportunity to attack the ACT is still available through private Tutorial Sessions either "on-site" or "online". This fosters flexibility based upon need but will no longer overwhelm our core course. The ACT is a wonderful standardized test and students taking the SAT still have gain insights and scholarship in manner that prepares them to take both tests. However, we felt we could best serve our students and families through a more focused approach to the SAT.

 

Students will review scholarly subject matter, be exposed to different question types, learn test taking strategies, and master the SAT. The course is brimming with test-prep materials from College Board, Princeton Review, Kaplan, Barron's & Ivy Global. 

 

By attacking the material methodically over the course of the entire school year, students will be well-grounded in the subject matter covered by each test section! It is common for our students to increase their overall score significantly. In the past five years, an average of 8 of our students per year become NMSQT scholars. It is important to note that students' scores increase in proportion to their participation in the course.

 

The stratagem used for this course has always been to “teach what the test covers, not to teach the test”. Many study groups only teach tips, hacks, and strategies in a vain attempt to “beat the test”. We also delight in sharing tips, tricks, and strategies, but we feel it would serve the student best to review the academic precepts as well.  Preparing student thoroughly for the SAT warrants greater effort for our students’ sake.

 

We use the academic “year-long” course and the thorough study guides to review Reading, Writing and Math concepts. That advantage is best evidenced as we use the SAT questions and essays to advance students’ academic growth. By the time a student finishes our course, they will have been taught grammar, rhetoric, writing, math, vocabulary, and critical reading skills all the while becoming comfortable with the College Board style, the time limits it imposes, and the techniques it employs in its tests. 

 

Students can expect up to 3 hours of homework per week and they can earn 1 credit for English / Language Arts and 1 credit for Math. The course is rigorous and includes a thorough writing curriculum specific for the SAT essays.  

 

Viv Lynn is uncommonly blessed as a teacher to have taught Critical Thinking, Reading Comprehension, Logic, Critical Reading, Math, and Science. This talent along with her 20+ years of experience makes her a formidable tool with insight into what your students need to master the SAT. 

 

Students will learn:

  1. The difference between the PSAT and SAT and ACT

  2. Test-Taking Strategies such as "Plugging in" and "Back-solving"

  3. Arithmetic shortcuts for fractions, percents, exponents, averages, ratios

  4. Algebra strategies for word problems and functions

  5. Geometry, Trigonometry and Data analysis overviews and development

  6. Critical Reading – learn a strategic, time-tested approach

  7. Vocabulary– students learn the words they will need using fun, powerful techniques

  8. Personal pace – students learn where to spend their energy to maximize their score and avoid wasting time

  9. Students will take three practice tests

 Additional Benefits from Standard of Excellence’s SATP course (PSAT/ SAT Preparatory Course)

  1. Students will also learn how the test is structured and scored

  2. Students become comfortable with real testing conditions and accurate scores

  3. Comprehensive 28 page-individualized test reports highlighting strengths and weaknesses

  4. Detailed test reviews to improve subject knowledge

  5. Students will learn how to maximize their scores through analysis of their errors.

 We have a blast!

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • Curriculum included

  • Student Materials listed on this website

Navigating the Transition to College
Suggested Age

16-18

 

Prerequisite

none

 

Purpose/Process

College is a huge time of transition. Everything changes. In order to be successful students have to be prepared to navigate spiritually, academically and relationally. Many students who excel academically in high school find themselves struggling to make good grades in college. Statistics tell that 80% of high school graduates who are active in their faith stop attending church. 1 in 4 college students will struggle significantly with stress to the extent that it will interfere with their academics. This course is designed to help students learn the skills necessary to succeed in college. Throughout the course we will watch interviews with college students who will share what they learned the hard way about study skills, relationships and spiritual growth. During the course we will spend time focusing on how to navigate the system of college- a key aspect that can be difficult for homeschoolers. Using discussion, debate and readings we will analyze key aspects of Christianity so that when challenged by competing world- views students emerge with their faith intact. In addition this course will break down how college and high school differ and equip students with the study and planning skills they need to succeed. Finally we will discuss the practical aspects of college such as building relationships, living with roommates and managing stress.

 

Curriculum/Materials
  • The reading list for this course is still being finalized and will be available in May.

 
 

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