• Develop reading comprehension skills beyond the classroom

  • Encourage connections to other readings

  • Develop their close reading skills

  • Encourage persuasiveness in discussion, and assignments

Learning Outcomes

  • Students are prepared for academic, analytical thinking and writing

  • Encourage thesis statements and develop their persuasive skills (verbally)


  • Roman and Greek classic poetry and prose

  • Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia    Butler, and “Odyssey” by Homer

  • 18th, 19th, and 20th century European and American literature

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde

  • 21st century European literatur

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket


  • Final novel study (5 paragraph essay)

  • Comprehension questions worksheets and homework assignments

  • Class discussion (discourse)



  • Understand characteristics of drama, the history of theatre, theatrical interpretations, and Greek Tragedy

  • Understand allegory, and the elements of philosophy

  • Understand rhetorical appeals, and imagery

  • Master proofreading, editing and polishing skills

  • Learning how to avoid common made academic writing mistakes

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to draft, write, edit, proofread and submit a five paragraph essay

  • Be able to scan an academic paper for commonly made mistakes

  • Be able to read and understand advanced, dense sources

  • Be able to write about philosophical and political discourse


  • The Odyssey by Homer

  • Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. 

  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. 

  • The Hobbit by J.R. R. Tolkien

  • Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

  • Bloodchild and OtStoriesher  by Octavia Butler


  • Draft a five paragraph essay

  • Write a three paragraph essay on one of Shakespeare’s plays

  • Write a clear, and concise thesis statement

  • Short reflection pieces explaining one of the desired target elements (for homework, i.e plot)

SSAT Basic

Course Introduction

        The SSAT Basic course is for all G5-G8 students who are ready to participate in the SSAT Middle/Upper Level intensive training, as well as students who plan to apply for the IB Program, North American private schools, or improve their English Report Card scores at school.


        Our high-density, fully immersive SSAT basic course comes 40 hours in total, 2 hours each session. It helps students quickly complete the transition from SSAT basic phase to intermediate phase. The course materials are the official SSAT questions and the teaching content were independently developed by Sister Sophie

Course Outline

Unit 1:

Sentence logic and vocabulary accuracy training

Part of speech learning

sentence structure & main clause

Summary + test 1 + feedback

Unit 2:

Practices of using learned vocabularies and sentence sturctures

Integrated practices

Summary + test 2 + feedback

Unit 3:

Learning reading structures and techniques

Vocabulary for reading tests

Summary + test 3 + feedback

Final Test (Sentence completion*2; passages*4)

SSAT Intermediate

Course Introduction

The SSAT Intermediate course is divided into two levels, Middle Level for G5-G7, and Upper Level for G7-8, to prepare students for the SSAT exam in fall and IB Program study. It is also suitable for students who want to improve their English Report Card scores, and who want to develop critical thinking and academic accuracy.

Middle Level Outline

Unit 1: Sentence & Vocabulary

  • Sentence completion and vocabulary analysis

  • Meaning of the sentence and advanced vocabularies

  • 1st simulated test

Unit 2: Basic readings and analogy

  • Must-known passage structures and typical questions

  • Typical analogy questions and exercises

  • 2nd simulated test

Unit 3: Intensified reading and analogy

  • Intensified reading and analogy practices

  • ​3rd & 4th simulated test

Middle Level Outline

Unit 1: Core Vocabulary

  • Distinguish and analysis advanced vocabulary and sentence completion

  • Must-know passage structures

  • 1st simulated test

Unit 2: Analogy

  • Typical analogy questions and exercises

  • 2nd simulated test

Unit 3: Reading and Synonym

  • Intensified close-reading exercises

  • 3rd & 4th simulated test

SSAT Sprint

Course Introduction

        The SSAT Sprint course is divided into two levels, the intermediate level is for G5-G7, and the upper level is for G7-8, which is the next stage of the intermediate course. The main purpose of this course is to allow students to improve their close reading ability, and also improve the speed, accuracy in the SSAT exam. It is suitable for students who want to achieve high scores in a short time.

        The sprint course is 20 hours in 1 month as a term. There are 4 hours for two classes per week. Students will train through plenty of simulated test questions, they will have a clearer view on vocabulary, reading  and writing questions and be ready for the real test.