Academic Writing Program

Academic Writing Program for High School Students

Meeting and exceeding expectations for academic writing can be challenging. Advantage Testing’s Academic Writing Program helps high school students master this craft in a supportive, feedback-rich environment free from negative judgment or grade pressure. Our students acquire the fundamentals of scholarly analysis and composition at the secondary level while laying a foundation for more complex college-level writing.

Taught by instructors with years of teaching experience in renowned collegiate writing programs, this intensive four-week online course creatively synthesizes best practices of the most effective approaches to high school and college writing instruction. Class time includes direct instruction, guided writing activities, critical discussion, peer workshops, and one-on-one meeting time with each instructor. Students learn:

  • The process of reading critically and developing strategies that lead to original arguments;
  • Conventions of argument, exposition, evidence, analysis, and warrants;
  • Rhetoric, style, and usage, from grammatical conventions to strategies for addressing specific audiences;
  • The writing process, from observation to brainstorming to revision;
  • Awareness of a writer’s own tendencies, whether productive or problematic.



Academic Writing Program Class Logistics

Classes are held Monday through Thursday each week (scheduling options subject to student enrollment).

  • Option 1: August 3–27; 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Option 2: August 10–September 3; 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT

The 48-hour program costs $4,560. To explore group course options at times other than those listed above, please contact Students may also choose to take this course with a one-on-one instructor at that instructor’s private tutoring rate. Upon completion of the program, students are encouraged to work one-on-one throughout the school year with the course’s instructors or other Academic Writing Program tutors trained by the instructors.

More Details

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Contact Us 

Call: 212.744.8800

John Roberts

John Roberts

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE, Academic Writing Program; and more

Ph.D. in English from New York University.
M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School.
B.A. in English and Religion from Oberlin College.
Former Board Chair and Current Board Member of LEDA.
Associate Director of Advantage Testing of New York and Director of Advantage Testing of the United Kingdom.

Michelle Shafer

Michelle Shafer

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Literature, U.S. History, World History, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT, Academic Writing Program; and more

Ph.D. in Theatre from Columbia University.
M.Phil. in Theatre from Columbia University.
M.F.A. in Theatre from Columbia University.
M.A. in Theatre from Columbia University.
B.A., magna cum laude, in English and Theatre from Bryn Mawr College.
Marjorie Hope Nicolson Fellow; Mellon Summer Research Fellow; Shubert Presidential Scholarship; Kaye Theater Award; Columbia University Travel Award.