In Person or Online Summer Course Private School & College Application Workshop

  • Entering grades:
    8th-12th
  • Class Size:
    4-8 Students
  • Times:
    M-F, 2:00pm - 4:00pm every week in June and August
  • Schedule:
    New Class Starts June 8, 15, 22, 29, and August 3, 10, 17, 24.

Course description

This class will be offered either in person or via zoom depending on demand. If in person, students will be required to wear masks and socially distance regardless of vaccination status. Please contact me and specify which format you prefer. I will not teach a class in person and remotely at the same time because it is suboptimal. I am also open to teaching outside, although that can be distracting. For in person classes, a fan and air purifier will be used. The studio does have several doors to allow a cross draft but no windows can be opened. No eating or drinking will be allowed in the classroom and students should bring their own notebook and pencil to use during class. To further minimize contact, I highly recommend students have their bathroom break at home. Parents are also asked to not wait in the studio during class time. Hand sanitizer will be available. Each session will be 2.0 hours and includes time to write the essays. Class size will also be kept to 6 or fewer in person or 8 or fewer via zoom to allow critique of drafts. For students planning to apply to private high school and college, the personal essay statement is dreaded, but unavoidable. Never fear! Use summertime wisely by enrolling in OmegaTeaching’s Private School and College Application Workshop. Brainstorm compelling topics and learn how the five senses, dialogue and the ‘Hero's Journey’ can transform the mundane into a meaningful and memorable essay. The 5-day afternoon workshops are aimed at middle and high school students applying to private school or college. Enrollment: $275*



This class is highly recommended for all high school grades, not just rising seniors. Entering 9th, 10th and 11th graders will better understand what colleges consider in a successful applicant by answering personal essay questions and critiquing responses. Given that test scores are now optimal, grades and essays will have more weight in the admissions process. This class will also give insight on how to craft a compelling personal narrative beyond the clichéd stories of working hard to make varsity or acknowledging your privilege after a Central American mission trip. Colleges expect students to engage in extracurricular activities that encourage personal growth and are truly unique and meaningful to the student.

For students applying to private school or college, one-on-one private tutoring is available as well as customized workshops that can be calendared to accommodate the student’s schedule. For a workshop, at least 4 students must enroll. Parents of students applying to private school or college this coming fall are encouraged to contact OmegaTeaching for more information.

Seminar Syllabus

  • Day 1: Brainstorming Ideas: What Compels You?
  • Day 2: Writing the 1st Draft: VASE (Voice, Audience, Structure, Editing)
  • Day 3: Writing the 2nd Draft: The Hero’s Journey
  • Day 4: Writing the 3rd Draft: Specific Writing and Editing Techniques
  • Day 5: Before and After: Critique

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