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“Not to engage in the pursuit of ideas is to live like ants instead of like men.”

~ Mortimer Adler

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

~ C.S. Lewis

“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”

~ G.K. Chesterton

“If [the gospel] is dull, then what, in Heaven's name, is worthy to be called exciting? The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore-- on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe.”

~ Dorothy Sayers

Suggested age range: 13-16

Class meets: Weekly

Class length: 75 minutes

Number of classes: 8

Tuition: $179

Graded: Yes

Required books: None

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Introduction to Essays


The ability to craft a solid essay is one of the most important academic skills a student can develop. From high school writing assignments to the SAT, college applications, and of course, university classes, the benefits of writing well cannot be exaggerated.

Designed for students who lack experience with the essay format, Introduction to Essays replaces confusion with confidence and smooths the transition into essay writing by providing students and parents with the tools necessary for continued development. The class is designed to give students the foundational knowledge and confidence to set them on the path to writing coherent, persuasive, and memorable essays.

Students are introduced to the structure, terminology, and thinking skills necessary for essay writing, including the following elements:

Students will write weekly assignments, including several five-paragraph essays. Each assignment will receive detailed, individualized feedback from the instructor.

In-class instruction is for one hour and fifteen minutes every week. Students will be expected to work on essays and other assignments at home following class.

Note: This class is less comprehensive than the year-long Essays I class. Intro to Essays is designed for students who need a quick boost in their writing. It is ideal for a young student who has done little writing before and needs a solid grasp of the basics before embarking on the school year, or an older student who struggles with organization or clarity and needs some focused, constructive feedback.