Summer Workshops

This summer, Classroom Matters is excited to offer some of our most popular workshops again! In addition to these workshops, we offer one-on-one content and standardized test prep tutoring during the summer months.

Please view our Registration Fees and Cancellation Policy.

Summer Writing Program

For over a decade, Classroom Matters has offered the Bay Area’s premier essay writing workshop. Our program aims to prepare students ages 12-17 to write better, more cohesive essays in an intensive, week-long workshop.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
We focus on a variety of components essential to expository essay writing. From literary analysis to shaping and supporting a strong thesis, small classes meet daily to explore the writing process in a fun and engaging environment. Through mini-lessons and guided practice, students will strengthen their aptitude for writing clear and convincing essays and develop a keen understanding of what makes good writing. Experienced teachers will assess each student’s level of ability; students will receive our trademark manuals as well as other valuable handouts to use throughout the school year.

WHY IT WORKS
Separate classes cater to budding middle-school writers and to more experienced high-school writers who want to hone their skills. We’ve designed our curriculum to meet their diverse needs, giving students more one-on-one attention and feedback on their writing. All students will be asked to submit a writing sample before the start date so that we may evaluate their progress and make recommendations for continued growth as writers.

Choose from four sessions:

  • Session A (Middle School): July 31 – August 4 // 10am – 1pm
  • Session B (High School): July 31 – August 4 // 2pm – 5pm
  • Session C (High School): August 14 – August 18 // 10am – 1pm
  • Session D (Middle School): August 14 – August 18 // 2pm – 5pm
  • Summer Writing Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 6 students; maximum per section is 12 students
  • Tuition is $340

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“I just wanted to thank you for a great writing workshop. It met all of my expectations and then some. So much was covered in a short time. My son learned a lot and I’m looking forward to see him apply what he was taught in school.”

-Parent

“We learned how to write a smooth essay that flowed, along with strong sentences. I learned how to take my ideas and thoughts and turn them into a strong thesis.”

-Catlin H., Student

“The booklets gave you outlines and provided examples of dos and don’ts. This class helped me a lot and I enjoyed it.”

-Grace D., Student

“I was quite pleased with my teen daughter’s experience in the Summer Writing Program. The teacher made sure the kids worked hard while at the same time offering great encouragement. My daughter started the new school year with improved organizational skills and confidence; the proof showed in the high marks she received in English class.”

-Ellen, BHS parent


Bishop O’Dowd Biology Prep

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Biology can be challenging for some students. This five-day intensive workshop is customized for the Bishop O’Dowd curriculum and will introduce students to the major topics covered in the course while teaching them how to read a biology text, take effective notes, and prepare for exams.

Topics include: cellular processes, genetics, classification, and ecology.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Session A: August 7 – August 11 // 10am – 12:30pm
  • Session B: August 7 – August 11 // 1:30pm – 4pm
  • Biology Prep Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 6 students, maximum is 20
  • Tuition is $340

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Math Refresh Workshop

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
This workshop is designed for students to review and refresh key concepts from Math 1 and Math 2 courses in high school.

Math 1 Refresh
Brush off those summer-rusted, freshman math skills and get ready to start sophomore year math STRONG with this two-day intensive course. In the Math 1 Refresh Workshop, students will review the key concepts found in Common Core Math 1 and prepare for Common Core Math 2 with practice problems, games, and unique strategies for tackling those difficult word problems. Recommended for rising 10th graders, but available to any student looking to review Math 1.

Math 2 Refresh

Brush off those summer-rusted, sophomore math skills and get ready to start junior year math STRONG with this two-day intensive course. In the Math 2 Refresh Workshop, students will review the key concepts found in Common Core Math 2 and prepare for Common Core Math 3 with practice problems, games, and unique strategies for tackling those difficult word problems. Recommended for rising 11th graders, but available to any student looking to review Math 2.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Math 1 Refresh: August 21 and 23 // 1pm – 4pm
  • Math 2 Refresh: August 22 and 24 // 1pm – 4pm
  • Math Refresh Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters.
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 6 students, maximum is 20
  • Tuition is $265

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Executive Functioning Boot Camp – Middle or High School

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
In our Executive Functioning Boot Camp, students will get a crash course in the skills they will need to be successful in school. From organization and planning to prioritization and time management, this workshop is designed to introduce online and paper tools and resources to help your student find the right strategies and systems of organization for their learning preferences.

DAY 1

  • Learning preferences
  • Systems of organization
  • Homework management
  • Going beyond homework/agency

DAY 2

  • Habits of successful students
  • Creating a productive study environment
  • Time management and planning
  • Self-advocacy/motivation
  • Managing relationships with your teachers

Choose from two sessions:

  • EF Boot Camp (Middle School): August 21 and 23 // 5pm – 6:30pm
  • EF Boot Camp (High School): August 22 and 24 // 5pm – 6:30pm
  • Executive Functioning Boot Camps will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 6 students, maximum is 15
  • Tuition is $85

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Summer Typing Workshop

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Our Typing for Success workshop helps students in grades 4-12 master the basics of typing, a skill that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Our experienced tutors will walk your student through the proven Mavis Beacon typing software, providing support, encouragement, and feedback in a relaxed environment.

  • Typing for Success: August 14 – August 18 // 5:30pm – 6:20pm
  • Summer Typing Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 3 students, maximum is 8
  • Tuition is $85

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How to Slay Your Thesis Statement

Your thesis is the main idea of your essay and it’s often the hardest part to write! Learn how to zero in on a strong thesis and how to convert your opinion into one well-worded, convincing, foolproof thesis statement.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Session A: Sunday, August 13 // 10am – 1pm
  • Session B: Tuesday, August 22 // 4pm – 7pm
  • Thesis Statement Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 5 students, maximum is 12
  • Tuition is $85

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How to Launch Your Essay with Literary Analysis

An essay without solid literary analysis is like a car without a steering wheel — without it, your essay will crash and burn! Good literary analysis helps you pinpoint themes, identify subtext, and find the foundation for your thesis. Come learn a variety of literary analysis techniques and how to put them to use.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Session A: Sunday, August 20 // 10am – 1pm
  • Session B: Thursday, August 24 // 4pm – 7pm
  • Literary Analysis Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 5 students, maximum is 12
  • Tuition is $85

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Reader’s Corner

**registration opening soon!**

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Give us your reticent reader! Through small-group work, we will help your student with fluency, decoding, and comprehension. Watch their vocabulary list and confidence grow! This 3 week workshop has two offerings: one for kindergartens to 2nd graders, and one for 3rd to 5th graders. Snacks are included, as well as an interactive journal.

Sessions dates coming soon!

  • Reader’s Corner will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 8
  • Tuition is TBD


Math Shmath

**registration opening soon!**

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Details coming soon…

  • Math Shmath will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 8
  • Tuition is TBD

Registration Fees & Cancellation Policy

All payments via credit card will include an automatic 3% processing fee and a 2.5% service charge fee. These fees are mandatory and charged by Splash, not by Classroom Matters. Payments can also be made via cash or check.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If you must cancel your registration, a full refund will be provided (minus processing and service charge fees) if cancellation is made at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. Anything within 4 weeks of the class will only be credit towards tutoring at Classroom Matters. Please email teresa@classroommatters.com or call 510-540-8646 for any cancellation inquiries.