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SSA Socratic Summer Academy combines huge score improvements with dodgeball, smores, and campfires for a great 3 week experience at Colgate University

Our Program - Overview

Spend a summer having fun with us, and shoot up on your SATs!

400 point Score Improvements

The Socratic Summer Academy was founded in 2010. It's a three-week sleepaway summer camp aimed at improvement on the SATs. Every year, using our carefully tailored curriculum and in-house textbook, in conjunction with College Board prep materials, we get higher and higher score improvements: Alex takes a small group through an SAT math problem at the SSA Socratic Summer Academy

- We've established a track record of 400 point score improvements (over a 3-week period!) for students who had never studied the SAT

- We had 208 point score improvements for students who had studied the SAT somewhere else for 4+ months

Extraordinary, Caring Master Teachers

Our master teachers all have plenty of experience teaching the SAT - they come from Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Amherst, Wesleyan, Haverford, Johns Hopkins - great schools, but what they really bring to the table is their dedication to educating and mentoring. Our primary hiring criteria are being creative and inspirational, inside and outside the classroom.

Our Strategies - What Sets Us Apart

One of our biggest strategies is game-ification - making strategies into games, using games to learn vocabulary, breaking the actual test down into pieces that form the evening's activity. Last year, we eliminated homework (which sounds crazy) but replaced it with proctored work sessions, so kids were "doing classwork" with teachers around to help. Also, since there are 2 master teachers in a classroom and frequently 2 assistants on top of that, one-on-one is really easy. We have over 150 hours of classroom teaching and unlimited one-on-one and small group sessions. And amazingly, it works.

Here's an overview of what makes us different from other SAT programs:

Jordan, a day student at the SSA Socratic Summer Academy, reviews another student's SAT essay - Individualized Attention

+ Adaptive classroom

+ Team teaching

+ Coaching teams

- Dynamic and Comprehensive Curricula

+ Game-ification

+ Clear bi-weekly metrics

- A Well-Oiled Schedule

- Extraordinary Teachers

- Community

- Our Record of Excellence

Smores! Campfires Under the Stars! Dodgeball! Scavenger Hunts! Don't Forget the Summer Camp!!

Fun is a necessary component of the SSA Socratic Summer Academy The great thing about it is that it's not just an SAT boot camp - it's also an amazing traditional summer camp experience - dodgeball, singalongs around the campfire, piano, and guitar, capture the flag, volleyball, scavenger hunts, story-based games, hikes in the wilderness. It's fun. The kids get dragged to camp kicking and screaming (eew! who wants to go to an SAT camp!) and then cry when it's time to go home - they don't want to leave.

Camp Info:

- Camp begins Sunday, June 29, 2014, and ends Saturday, July 19, 2014.

- Tuition is comprehensive, including room, board, and book fees. No additional spending money is necessary.

- Early registrants (before March 15, 2014) will receive a 5% discount.

- Full tuition is due no later than May 1, 2014. Space permitting, students may register after May 1, in which case they must send full tuition at the time of registration.

- We are happy to answer any and all questions prospective students or parents may have about our program.

Dodgeball - just part of the fun at SSA Socratic Summer Academy - Feel free to e-mail Max Rosen and Alyssa Bowlby personally. Every student is unique and has different needs; every student is important to us. We're also happy to answer questions via phone - 347.688.2329.

- We can also connect prospective students to others who have attended the camp in previous years; our alumni are happy to answer questions and describe their experiences with the program.

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