PROGRAMS AND PRICING
Using Skype with Googledocs, our high-quality, one-hour sessions allow teacher and student to discuss and work synchronously on shared drafts of writing as well as prompts and exercises designed to address their areas of weakness. While video is generally only used for the first couple of minutes (to say hello and re-establish connection) and again at the end of the session (to sign off), most of the student's and instructor's time is spent focusing deeply on the student's writing. In this way, our tutorials are essentially the same as “in person” meetings, but with these added benefits: Mary reviews the student’s work prior to the appointment (which saves the student's time); and she follows up each tutorial with a friendly note to the student and/or parent, summarizing the main goals of the session and providing a little extra encouragement. These "recaps" reinforce the student's learning and promote a continued sense of support between tutorials. Parents who would like to observe or participate are always more than welcome.
Each tutorial session is individually designed to suit the needs, goals and learning style of the student. While Creative Writing tutorials reflect the student’s unique aims and progress from week to week, academic writing tutorials commonly include the following:
To support the diverse goals and preferences of our students, our tutorial programs allow complete flexibility in regard to assignments and the content of student work: while many families enjoy using the wide range of assignments that we offer, families are also welcome to use their own assignments, assignments required for other courses, student-generated assignments, or whatever combination best suits their approach. They may, for example, choose to work on a formal essay one month, and a short story or a group of poems, the next, allowing the student's interests and inspiration to take hold of the assignment steering wheel.
Program Options and Pricing
The Chase Hill School offers three different tutorial program options: weekly, bi-monthly or single-project. These personalized programs are suitable for students working at any level, from middle-school through college, and in any genre–from persuasive essays to poetry.
THE CHASE HILL STUDENT PROGRAM: Four weekly tutorials, $360 per month
This program is the first choice for families and students who want exceptional weekly instruction in writing. Students in this program develop their writing skills through extensive, guided revision and personalized lessons and exercises, designed to address their evolving needs as their level of proficiency increases. Tutorials cover all phases of the writing process, from pre-writing and outlining to publishing. For students working on academic projects of 3–10 pages, each month usually focuses on a new piece of writing: The first session may assist with assignment analysis, thesis development, and outlining. The following three sessions usually focus on drafting and revision; then the cycle begins again. For students writing longer pieces and creative writing projects such as novels, plays, memoirs or poetry, the content depends on what the student is working on that week.
THE CHASE HILL BI-MONTHLY PROGRAM: Two monthly tutorials, $190 per month
This program is identical to the Chase Hill Student Program, except that tutorials take place every two weeks: perfect for students with longer pieces, who enjoy more time for revising between meetings.
THE CHASE HILL SINGLE-PROJECT PROGRAM: Revision assistance on three drafts of a 5-15 page single project $295
Designed for students who would like assistance but do not wish to enroll in an on-going program, this option is recommended for students whose work needs substantial improvement in no more than two of the following areas: refinement and effective presentation of thesis, argumentation, organization, paragraph development, sentence or paragraph transitions, sentence structure and variety, punctuation, consistent use of “voice” and tenses.
Each academic year, the Chase Hill School offers a limited number of partial scholarships for creative writing students whose families are eligible for financial assistance and whose work shows exceptional talent. For more information, please contact Mary.
CHARTER SCHOOL PARTICIPATION:
The Chase Hill School is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove and South Sutter Charter Schools. If you would like Chase Hill to become a vendor for your charter school, please contact Mary for more information.
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