Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to class?

A laptop or a Chromebook, a pen or pencil, and a notebook.

Will there be homework?

There isn’t homework for the Basics course beyond reading an assigned short story or article.

There is some homework for the Grammar & Vocabulary course.

There are no prerequisites for either course. We welcome all writers at any stage in their process.

How should I prepare?

What’s a typical day in class?

The first half of the class (45 minutes) will be a lecture, and the second half (45 minutes) will be a writing workshop.

How will my child be evaluated?

Students will not receive grades, but each student will receive a written evaluation at the end of the course.

What outcomes can I expect?

  • Polished essay by the end of the last class

  • Improved writing for class assignments

  • Greater understanding of critical thinking skills

  • Greater knowledge of grammar rules

  • Increased knowledge of revision strategies

The goal of the class is for students to increase their writing skills in a non-competitive workshop environment designed to encourage students to take risks, share ideas, and give and receive positive feedback as part of a community of learners.

How is this different from English class in school?

This class is not designed for class assignments; however, we are happy to offer private instruction outside of class.

Can you help my child with school papers?

We kindly request that you drop off/pick up your child within 15 minutes of start/end times.

Can I get my child there early and pick up late?

Our assignments are designed to challenge each student, regardless of grade level or level of skill.

How do you deal with having classes with students of varying levels?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer make-up classes, but we are happy to provide 1-on-1 tutoring outside of class for an additional fee.

Are there makeup classes?