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BUILD YOUR OWN LONGBOARD II: Custom Boards
Jul 6 - Jul 10, 2015 / 10:00AM - 1:00PM / For ages 12 - 18

Have a little bit of woodworking under your belt? Want to get around town this summer without your parents having to drive you everywhere? Build a longboard with us! This week long design-build course gives students a chance to design and build their own longboard. From Pintails to Snub-noses, from Shorties to Cruisers, we'll use modern wood pressing techniques and old-fashioned hand tools to cut and shape a long board to your specific design. Students do not need to have taken our first longboard course but they should have some basic familiarity with building something out of wood. For those with less experience building with wood and using tools check out Build Your Own Long Board I! Snacks provided.

$275.00

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YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP
Jul 6 - Jul 10, 2015 / 10:00AM - 12:30PM / For ages 12 - 15

We designed this workshop primarily for the student who wants to improve their academic writing skills. We will be covering all types of writing, from creative to expository and everything in between! We will incorporate individual as well as group exercises to foster a balanced learning environment. Students will practice foundational skills, engage in creative and persuasive writing exercises and stretch their boundaries in new ways to find and express their voice. Snacks provided.

$185.00

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FREAKONOMICS
Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015 / 10:00AM - 12:30PM / For ages 13 - 18

In one of our most popular workshops students will study the modern market system with a hands-on approach. Students will engage in a mini-market game of risk, chance, and profit as they captain businesses of their own in the battle for market supremacy! They will learn the basic mechanics of the stock market and develop an understanding of market forces, trading techniques, and the fundamentals of analysis. Finally, students will learn how they fit into the economic world and the power of their own decisions in the interconnected world of commerce. At the end of the workshop students and teams will be rewarded based on their business success in the markets! Snacks provided.

*Students should have a high level of interest in math.

$175.00

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URBAN ART: SPRAYPAINT MANIFESTO I: STENCILS AND STREETS
Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015 / 10:00AM - 1:00PM / For ages 12 - 16

This five-day urban art class will explore various forms of guerilla art and how they impact today’s culture. From Shepard Fairey to Banksy, wheat pasting to stencil cutting, we will explore all kinds of art born in the streets. SLC local artist Cat Rogers will work with students throughout the week to explore traditions and techniques used both locally and internationally. Students will create various kinds of urban art and will work to develop their own style. No prerequisite required. Snacks provided.

$195.00

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INTENSIVE SAT TEST PREP
Jul 13 - Jul 23, 2015 / 1:30PM - 3:30PM / For ages 14 - 18

This intensive two-week test prep course focuses on the SAT exam, providing a thorough review of the core content while also emphasizing strategies that help students diagnose and solve test questions successfully. All students will receive the Higher Ground Test Preparation Manual, 12 hours of instruction, 2 practice tests to assess performance level, assessment reports, and supplemental materials. Classes are held Monday through Friday the first week with no class on Thursday. The second week classes are held Tuesday through Friday.

Initial ACT Diagnostic - Monday, July 13 • 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Second ACT Diagnostic - Thursday, July 22 • 1:30 - 4:30 pm

NOTE: The test prep courses are intended for high school students or for community adults who are planning to take the ACT. Not available for high school credit.

*Need-based scholarship opportunities available to qualifying applicants


SAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the SAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the College Board website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.

$300.00

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MATH COMP CRUSHER
Jul 20 - Jul 23, 2015 / 10:00AM - 12:00PM / For ages 12 - 16

This workshop will take a look at the world of mathematics competitions, which are an exciting way to challenge your skills and are a ton of fun! There are many comps out there, from local to international and from elementary to advanced undergraduate level. We will focus on high school level mathematics, up to, but not including calculus. Topics covered will include probability, geometry, algebra, and number theory. This is a great workshop if you are looking to sharpen your math skills, challenge yourself, learn about new areas of mathematics, or prepare for one of the Mathematical Association of America’s competitions offered during the school year. (Students should have a high interest in math). Snacks provided.

*Students should have a high level of interest in math.
**Please note that there will be no workshops on July 24th.

$145.00

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STUDY & TEST TAKING SKILLS
Jul 20 - Jul 23, 2015 / 10:00AM - 12:00PM / For ages 12 - 15

Looking to fine-tune your study skills, acquire cutting-edge test taking techniques, and develop an academic edge? Addressing all learning styles, this class offers a highly innovative curriculum that will show students how to be successful in the classroom and throughout their academic journey. This course is comprised of four units: organization and time-management, maximizing classroom learning, note-taking, test preparation, and test taking. Dynamic group exercises are also incorporated to develop classroom etiquette and to teach the importance of teamwork in academics. Did we mention fun? Our high-energy teachers are far from boring and students will leave Higher Ground Learning inspired to unlock their academic potential. Snacks provided.

Please note that there will be no class on Pioneer Day, July 24th

$150.00

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DO IT YOURSELF!
Jul 20 - Jul 23, 2015 / 1:30PM - 4:30PM / For ages 10 - 13

Students will learn how to make some of Etsy's top selling crafts from scratch. They will learn how to design and create their own pillows, lampshades, and a little bit of pottery for in home plant friends. Creativity and self-expression will be emphasized in a fun and engaging hands-on atmosphere. Navigating the world of Etsy will also be discussed and the inner entrepreneur just might be released. If you're a fan of crafting, this is the class to take! Snacks provided.

Please note that there will be no class on July 24th

$150.00

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WHAT EINSTEIN TOLD HIS COOK
Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015 / 10:00AM - 1:00PM / For ages 10 - 13

In this summer workshop we will explore all of the secrets of the kitchen from making lollipops and fudge to homegrown sourdough. Using science and a variety of media such as: baking, sautéing, mixing, whipping, poaching and kneading, the student chefs will taste and compare their daily creations with their peers. We will wrap things up by making our very own toothpaste to ensure there is nothing in your teeth as you walk away smiling! Snacks provided.

$185.00

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URBAN ART: SPRAYPAINT MANIFESTO II: PAINT PROJECTS
Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015 / 10:00AM - 1:00PM / For ages 12 - 16

Spend five days exploring different projects that are facilitated by can-wielding fanatics, and those who have a penchant for paint markers and found objects! Space paintings, stenciled shirts, light paintings, no can will be left full! Students will be working alongside Cat Rogers - our very own professional artist - to produce custom art. The class will also focus on color theory and the use of space in design and art. No prerequisite required. Snacks provided.

$195.00

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INTENSIVE ACT TEST PREP
Jul 27 - Aug 6, 2015 / 1:30PM - 3:30PM / For ages 14 - 18

This intensive two-week test prep course focuses on the ACT exam, providing a thorough review of the core content while also emphasizing strategies that help students diagnose and solve test questions successfully. All students will receive the Higher Ground Test Preparation Manual, 12 hours of instruction, 2 practice tests to assess performance level, assessment reports, and supplemental materials. Please take note that the class will run Mon - Thu both weeks. There will be no class on Friday.

Initial ACT Diagnostic - Monday, July 27 • 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Second ACT Diagnostic - Wednesday, August 5 • 1:30 - 4:30 pm

NOTE: The test prep courses are intended for high school students or for community adults who are planning to take the ACT. Not available for high school credit.

*Need-based scholarship opportunities available to qualifying applicants


ACT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the ACT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the ACT website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.

$300.00

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summer.c: THEORY OF COMPUTATION
Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015 / 1:30PM - 3:30PM / For ages 13 - 18

In this workshop students will explore the fundamentals of computer programming and computation including loops, recursion, and Boolean logic. We will be programming in C, but the concepts are universal and can be used in any language. This course is geared towards beginners who are interested in computer science and computation theory - and those who have only worked with object oriented programming in the past; the conceptualization of theory is our main objective, although some cool projects will arise from this study. Snacks provided.

*Students must bring a laptop to the workshop.

$145.00

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FASHION DESIGN SCHOOL
Aug 3 - Aug 7, 2015 / 10:00AM - 1:00PM / For ages 13 - 18

Explore the multifarious field of couture and participate in a huge Fashion Show event where you market your new fashion line! Students will sketch, sew, render and pattern to develop their sense of color, texture and detail. Then, we’ll embellish our creative ideas with studs, patches, stencils, textures, dye, and other accents. No prerequisite required. Some sewing experience is an asset.

This section will focus on design of an entire outfit from the ground up..

$215.00

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INTRO TO SECONDARY MATH I
Aug 3 - Aug 7, 2015 / 10:00AM - 12:00PM / For ages 13 - 14

This workshop explores topics that students will encounter when taking Secondary Math I as part of the Utah Common Core. Concepts covered will include linear and exponential relationships, reasoning with equations, descriptive statistics, and the connections between Algebra and Geometry using the coordinate system. This class is designed specifically for students who will be taking Secondary Math I and is recommended as an introductory exploration into the topics and processes that Secondary Math employs. Snacks provided.

$145.00

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INTRO TO AP*-LEVEL PHYSICS
Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015 / 10:00AM - 12:00PM / For ages 15 - 18

If you plan to take AP* or IB physics next year, this workshop is for you! This workshop will mostly cover Newtonian mechanics, including, but not limited to: kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work, energy, and power. All material covered will provide a head start for an AP* or IB high school physics course. Snacks provided.

$145.00

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WHAT EINSTEIN TOLD HIS COOK
Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015 / 10:00AM - 1:00PM / For ages 10 - 13

In this summer workshop we will explore all of the secrets of the kitchen from making lollipops and fudge to homegrown sourdough. Using science and a variety of media such as: baking, sautéing, mixing, whipping, poaching and kneading, the student chefs will taste and compare their daily creations with their peers. We will wrap things up by making our very own toothpaste to ensure there is nothing in your teeth as you walk away smiling! Snacks provided.

$185.00

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INTENSIVE PSAT PREP CLASS
Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015 / 1:30PM - 3:30PM / For ages 14 - 18

In this week-long intensive course we will be examining the new format of the PSAT. The focus will be on a comprehensive overview of the new content and concepts within the test, as well as the introduction of specific test prep strategies. Snacks provided.

$185.00

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CRAFTING COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAYS
Aug 10 - Aug 14, 2015 / 1:30PM - 4:00PM / For ages 15 - 18

In the August calm before the September storm, join Higher Ground for a creative writing class guaranteed to be a boon to students looking to enhance their writing skills for the upcoming school year and get a head start on their college applications. Students will learn specific strategies to get over the hump of starting a writing assignment, and to write more confidently and creatively. Students will look closely at poetry, spoken word, and fiction, and use this insight to gain ground in their college applications. All students, regardless of their writing level, ability and confidence are welcome to enroll in the workshop. Advanced writers will be accounted for and pushed to succeed in ways appropriate for their needs, with customized reading assignments and writing prompts.

$185.00

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GRAVITY, RELATIVITY, AND FLYING SODAS
Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015 / 10:00AM - 1:00PM / For ages 8 - 11

Have you ever wanted to drop something just to see what would happen? Have you ever been in an airplane and wondered what’s keeping you in the air? Do beach balls and bowling balls really fall at the same rate? If you answered yes, then come to Higher Ground and break stuff with us. Using a hands-on-approach, you’ll understand the theories behind these occurrences. At the end of the workshop, you’ll see the world in a different way, and impress your friends with your Einstein-like genius. Snacks provided.

$185.00

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INTRO TO AP*-LEVEL CHEMISTRY
Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015 / 10:00AM - 12:00PM / For ages 15 - 18

If you're going to take AP Chemistry next year this is the workshop for you! We will be covering some of the "Big Ideas" of AP Chem including structure, bonding, kinetics, and equilibrium. This workshop will stress not just the conceptual side of Chemistry, but also will incorporate mathematics and the analysis of data within a holistic overview of the material. This overview will give students a significant edge when beginning AP Chem in Fall! Snacks provided.

NOTE: Students should have a foundation in Chemistry, preferably General Chemistry, before taking this workshop.

$145.00

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STUDY & TEST TAKING SKILLS
Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015 / 1:30PM - 3:30PM / For ages 12 - 15

Looking to fine-tune your study skills, acquire cutting-edge test taking techniques, and develop an academic edge? Addressing all learning styles, this class offers a highly innovative curriculum that will show students how to be successful in the classroom and throughout their academic journey. This course is comprised of four units: organization and time-management, maximizing classroom learning, note-taking, test preparation, and test taking. Dynamic group exercises are also incorporated to develop classroom etiquette and to teach the importance of teamwork in academics. Did we mention fun? Our high-energy teachers are far from boring and students will leave Higher Ground Learning inspired to unlock their academic potential. Snacks provided.

$185.00

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INTRO TO AP*-LEVEL CALCULUS
Aug 17 - Aug 21, 2015 / 10:00AM - 12:00PM / For ages 15 - 18

Are you planning to take Calculus next year? Or maybe you just want to learn what this exciting branch of mathematics is all about? In this workshop, we will be covering the most important parts of calculus: differentiation and integration. This workshop will give any student a head start on the concepts covered in an AP*-level calculus course.

$145.00

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Colegio Bolivar
Aug 22 - Sep 8, 2015

DEADLINE to register: July 17, 2015

SAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the SAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the College Board website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$599.00

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American Overseas School of Rome
Aug 31 - Sep 15, 2015

DEADLINE to register: July 27 2015

SAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the SAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the College Board website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$599.00

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Colegio Nueva Granada
Sep 5 - Sep 24, 2015

DEADLINE to register: Aug 7, 2015

SAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the SAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the College Board website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$699.00

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Academia Cotopaxi
Sep 11 - Oct 1, 2015

DEADLINE to register: June 1, 2015

SAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the SAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the College Board website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$699.00

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Colegio Karl C Parrish
Sep 11 - Oct 1, 2015

DEADLINE to register: Aug 7, 2015

SAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the SAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the College Board website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$699.00

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Colegio Franklin D Roosevelt - PSAT
Sep 15 - Sep 25, 2015

DEADLINE to register: Aug 7, 2015

PSAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the PSAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s).


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$599.00

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International School of Amsterdam
Sep 18 - Sep 27, 2015

DEADLINE to register: Aug 14 2015

SAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the SAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the College Board website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$599.00

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Colegio Franklin D Roosevelt - SAT
Oct 17 - Nov 5, 2015

DEADLINE to register: September 11, 2015

SAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the SAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the College Board website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$699.00

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Colegio Nido de Aguilas
Nov 10 - Nov 25, 2015

DEADLINE to register: October 2, 2015

SAT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the SAT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the College Board website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$699.00

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Colegio Franklin D Roosevelt - ACT
Nov 14 - Dec 2, 2015

DEADLINE to register: Sept 11, 2015

ACT Exam Registration
Enrollment in this prep class DOES NOT register your student for the ACT Exam. Parents/Guardians are responsible for enrolling their student(s). Visit the ACT website for upcoming test dates and registration information. Registration for the test is on a first come first serve basis so please register early to be guaranteed a seat.


Since 1997 we have traveled all over the world to deliver engaging, creative classes that give students powerful tools to be successful on the SAT* and ACT. After nearly two decades of experience, we have perfected not only our effective and successful course material but also our unique delivery. We have incredible teachers who are young, fun, creative, and most importantly, intelligent. While our teachers have an amazing ability to explain a concept in different ways to accommodate different learning styles, they also have the ability to make the students laugh, and thus keep them interested and invested. All courses include a 150-point score increase guarantee and unlimited one-on-one time with one of our awesome instructors.

$699.00

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