Advanced Reading, Writing, Math, Debate for 7th & 8th Graders

The advanced Reading/Writing/Math/Debate & Public Speaking Program is now open for Advanced readers and writers (rising 7/8th graders). Exceptional teachers and debate coaches will lead this camp. Please review details below.

6/27 – 7/21/2017, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm; Full Day and Half Day Camp 


Week 1 June 26 – Jul 30

Week 2 Jul 5 – Jul 8

Week 3 Jul 10 – Jul 15

Week 4 Jul 17 – Jul 21 


REGISTRATION: “Registration” for “7/8th Grade’s Advanced Reading/Math/Debate Camp. ”  


The four weeks’ camp include: Advanced Critical Reading, Essay writing, verbal and grammatical skills. It will provide students opportunity to practice SHSAT (Specialized High School Admission Test), PSAT (Preliminary SAT). It will also enable students to exceed in English language and Math learning, and get them prepared for specialized high school admission tests, including private high school, boarding school admission test, AOS admission in Loudoun,  and TJ admission in Fairfax. Some students who joined this camp last year are planning to attend Thomas Jefferson High School in the fall of 2017. Congratulations to those students and families!

In this course, we will prepare for the verbal portion of standardized testing, but we will balance this preparation with creative writing and reading activities.  The best way for students to improve their verbal scores is to cultivate a love of reading and writing that will enhance students’ vocabulary and reading comprehension.

This class will work on critical reading comprehension, reflective, persuasive, and creative essay writing to stimulate the students’ love of the written word. The class will include grammar instructions where it is needed to strengthen students’ skills. The enriched curriculum is designed for advanced readers and writers who are rising 8th graders and exceptional advanced 7th graders. Students will exercise their developing critical reading and thinking skills to interpret and write stories, essays, and poems. The curriculum aims to develop students’ ability and skills in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative problem solving
  • Curious scientific learning and discovering
  • Collaborative team work 
  • Connecting the dots across subjects, topics, and projects

The Math review will help students refresh, reflect and practice the following concepts.

  • Arithmetic review, including number properties, factors, divisibility, fractions, decimals, exponents, radicals, percent, averages, ratios, proportions, rates, and probability; Algebra review (the basics): Algebra word problems; Geometry review: concepts, practice, as well as logical, analytical problem solving.

It will include advanced PSAT/SAT Math portion, and provides a variety of skills practice and instruction on problem solving techniques, extensive mathematical modeling practice with challenging, multi-step mathematical tasks. Students will be ready to take any high school specialized standard tests for admissions. 


This course will cover Public Speaking & Debate:

  • Develop speaking confidence and ability without stage fright
  • Prepare a speech by organizing, structuring and adapting material to audience
  • Convey a speech with clarity, accuracy, and conviction; prepare and make inspirational, persuasive speeches
  • Develop appropriate body language: hand gestures, eye contact, and posture
  • Develop confidence and enthusiasm that students will carry with them for active participation in class or club activities
  • Increase self-confidence in all aspects: speaking, communicating, writing, etc.
  • Develop effective communication skills and leadership abilities, build up interest and confidence in pursuing leadership roles in school, in community, and future in college and society

Debate Topics include:

  • Learn how to conduct research on selective topics and subject areas
  • Explore Structure of Debate Rounds (Policy Debate, Public Forum, Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate)
  • Learn Debate Flowing, Listening, Speech structure, and Framework (ways to defend an argument)
  • Develop common arguments (Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Lincoln Douglas Debate)

Teachers’ Bio:

Ms. Ivy graduated with greatest honor of summa cum laude from the English and Political Science Department. Ms. Ivy has a JD Degree, as well as a MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing. She has published many essays and poems. Back in high school, Ivy was the recipient of an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, as well as a National Merit Semifinalist Award.

Ms. Ivy taught  “Creative Writing” and “English Composition” and other college level courses at English Department, George Mason University. She also taught at Washington DC, a local private school English and Writing.  

Ivy has experience teaching college and high school writing, which includes helping students with college applications and essays. She reviewed students’ essays, and most recently a student who was accepted in transferring from George Mason to Purdue University.  Ms. Ivy brings her impressive writing talents and publication accomplishments to Oakton Academy. Ms. Ivy won Academy of American University & College Poetry Prize in 2008, awarded and judged by the poet Scrikanth Reedy, who was a graduate from Harvard English Literature department.

Ms. Ivy has exceptional writing talent and outstanding standard test experience (SAT, LSAT). In additional to her J.D. from University of Alabama, she was also an Associate Editor of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, as well as a “Truman Capote Fellowship” recipient. It is our privilege to have Ms. Ivy teach teach at our center.

英文写作老师 Ms. IVY G. 获得J.D. degree,在GMU英文系任教,为英文系的主力. 她教授大学二年级学生的英文写作. 曾在DC私立学校(Cornerstone Schools of DC)教英文写作。IVY已发表二十余篇诗歌文和章,侧重于创意和诗歌写作(creative writing and poetry), 钟爱教学和写作. Ms. IVY 曾任美国大学诗歌协会的副编辑,荣获2008 Academy of American Poets 诗歌作品大奖. 此届比赛由著名诗人Srikanth Reddy为裁判 (其毕业于哈佛大学英文系).

Math Teacher Mr. Hari received Master’s Degree in Statistics and Probability; Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Mathematics, and Physics. He is currently conducting teaching at Westfield HS, teaching AP statistics, Algebra, Probability, Statistics, Data modeling and Queuing Theory.

For the past 10 years, Mr. Hari has taught all areas of mathematics (K – 12), including AP Statistics, Algebra, Statistics, Probability, Data Modeling and Queuing Theory; Statistical Methods. He also has a publication of statistical method’s book for educators, teachers and high level statistical students.

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