Every summer, Emerson School of Palo Alto and Hacienda School of Pleasanton open their doors and offer their innovative programs in a camp-like setting to outside students who want to share in the summer learning adventures.
Expository Writing—focuses on the four subjects of the California Writing Tests, prose forms used in school assignments, the processes of selecting a topic and outlining the content, and writing mechanics (word choice, sentence structure, variety, etc.).
Emerson: 7/8-7/12; Hacienda: 7/22-7/26
Creative Writing—concentrates on a variety of literary forms (e.g., stories, poems, journals, plays, autobiographies, letters), and authentic self-expression, with special attention paid to descriptions of character, setting, and action, and writing mechanics.
Emerson: 7/15-7/19; Hacienda: 7/29-8/2
Presentation Skills—(subtitled “Debate” this year) develops students’ analytical, public speaking, and advocacy skills, with emphases on making logical assertions supported by facts and finding the pros and cons of both sides of an argument.
Emerson: 7/22-7/26; Hacienda: 7/15-7/19
Cost: $500 for 1 week, $950 for 2 weeks, $1,350 for 3 weeks.
All courses are directed by the distinguished faculty of Emerson School and Hacienda School. Breaks are taken for snacks, lunch, physical exercise, and social interaction. Parents are welcome at afternoon presentations.