Frequently Asked Questions

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Do most of your students return for multiple sessions?
Absolutely! Over 75% of our students return for multiple sessions.

Additionally, around 90% of our students enroll in a full session after trying a Drop-in Writing Class.

Can my child try a class?
Sure. You may sign up for one of our Drop-in Writing Classes. Around 90% of our Drop-in students end up enrolling for a full session.

Your classes have already begun. Can my child still join an ongoing session?
Yes. If our current class schedule shows any available spots, your child can join us during an ongoing session. Prorated rates are indicated on our website.

If the class is full, you can add your name to our wait list. We will email you when a spot opens up.

What is your make-up class policy?
Since our classes are usually full, we unfortunately are not able to offer any make-up classes

However, if you notify us of a missing class using this online form, we will be happy to email you the lesson and assignment that your child will miss.

What is your refund and cancellation policy?
Before enrolling please make sure that your child can attend all, if not most, of our classes.  We do, however, understand that scheduling conflicts may arise and priorities may change. If your session has yet to begin, and you wish to cancel your enrollment, you may request a refund for your tuition. Once a session begins, we do not offer any partial refunds, and you will have to forfeit the rest of your tuition.

  • To cover credit card processing costs and opportunity costs of holding a class spot, we will deduct a cancellation fee (20% of each child’s full tuition) from your refund.
  • After we send out your refund check, we will close your account with us. This will preclude future enrollment.

If I can't make it to a session, can my tuition be credited towards a future session?
Instead of requesting a refund, you may request a credit towards a future session.

  • All credit requests must me made at least one week before a session begins. Once a session begins, we will not honor any refund or credit requests.
  • Tuition credits will expire 6 months after the date of the request.

Do you allow schedule changes/class switches?
You may request for a schedule change at least one week before a session begins. If we have available spots in your desired new class, we may allow the change. Schedule change requests are not guaranteed. Once a session begins, switching classes will not be allowed, as we expect all our classes to be full.

How do I pay for a class? When is payment due?
Since our classes are high in demand, full payment is due immediately after enrollment. Please pay via credit card immediately after placing your online order.

How do you address different skill levels and ages within the same class?
Our classes are small enough (7 students maximum) to allow for personalized feedback and instruction, regardless of grade level. For students that are at a higher grade level and ability, we set higher expectations and encourage more thoughtful content in their writing. The materials that we use are appropriate for all the grade levels we serve in each class.

As our classes are also collaborative, our younger, less experienced writers get to learn from the older, more skilled students. Conversely, the older students get to mentor the younger ones and teach them through example.

We currently offer five writing class levels:

  • Early Writers (Kindergarten)
  • Basic Writing (1st & 2nd grade)
  • Elementary Composition (3rd & 4th grade) 
  • Essay Fundamentals (5th & 6th grade)
  • Advanced Essay (7th to 9th grade) - Summer Only

Will my child get one-to-one individual instruction during class?
Your child will receive individual instruction within the context of a small group. Writers receive specific verbal feedback after handwriting and reading their essays aloud in class. The teacher will provide individual comments on their printed work. Similarly, during the writing process, the teacher will move around the room and give focused, personalized feedback on the writer’s drafts.

If you are looking for more in-depth one-to-one instruction, please check out our One-to-one Tutoring page.

Will my child have homework?
Yes. As constant practice is crucial, middle and high school students will be editing, revising, and typing the essay drafts that we write in class.

  • For 5th to 12th grade students, expect around 30 minutes of typing homework after each class.
  • For 1st to 4th grade students, homework is optional.

How do you evaluate your students?
We constantly evaluate our students by providing them with written and verbal feedback about their writing.  Instead of attaching percentages or letter grades to their work, we share constructive criticism during our classes and after our sessions. We have seen that giving writers practical comments and concrete suggestions for improvement is far more effective than handing out scores or rubrics.

Do you teach grammar and vocabulary in the class?
We teach grammar in the context of writing an essay and through constructing varied sentences.  As this is not a remedial English class, we expect students who join our classes to already have a grade-level proficiency in grammar and syntax. We don't use grammar books nor worksheets.

Students learn and retain new vocabulary words when they repeatedly use them in their writing and speech. As such, we provide flashcards with multiple middle level, upper level, and SAT-level words that students should incorporate into their essays.

If your child needs help with basic grammar and writing conventions, please contact us.

Do you help students with diagnosed learning differences?
Yes. Our one-to-one sessions have helped students with dyslexia, ADD, and ADHD, and other diagnosed learning differences.

If your child has an IEP, 504 plan, or list of classroom accommodations, please contact us first so that we may determine what's best for the student.

Do you offer creative writing classes?
Our classes focus on academic writing and composition, particularly essays, which are required in English/Language Arts classes. While we encourage creativity when our students write their narratives and elaborate on their individual paragraphs, all of our writing will be nonfiction. Please check our recommendations of other creative writing and academic programs in the area.