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A+ Summer Critical Thinking/Writing

For students who are driven by creative ideas or intuitive talents, who are above average in the classroom and want a fun, intellectual challenge this summer, A+ Summer is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be immersed in an environment that encourages advanced thinking, creative problem solving, and a lifelong love of learning.

Students have the exclusive opportunity to live and study with like-minded peers at Stanford University, the academic heart of American innovation and entrepreneurship, or at Yale University, home to one of America's most revered academic traditions. With the help of a dynamic staff of dedicated “live-in” instructors, participants will push beyond standard school curriculum and learn to think outside of the box. Our stimulating courses build student proficiency in the logic, critical thinking, and writing skills that are essential for academic success at any level.

A+ Summer is divided into three separate sessions—one for middle school students, one for rising 9th and 10th grade students, and one for rising 11th and 12th grade students. Each program boasts an exciting schedule of classes and unforgettable recreational activities, including Bay Area excursions, guest speakers and daily entertainment. To learn more about a particular session, click on the pertinent link below.

  • The A+ Summer Pre-College program engages rising 11th and 12th grade students in college-level academic activities that build the practical skills necessary for college success.

  • The A+ Summer High School program challenges rising 9th and 10th grade students in high-level academic activities that develop skills that promote high school success and achievement.

  • The A+ Summer Middle School program challenges rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students to design and execute their own solutions to contemporary problems, as they explore their potential as inventors, detectives, and strategists.

Admission Requirements A+ Summer programs are selective. Students must demonstrate academic abilities by submitting a copy of their report card or transcript evidencing a 3.0 GPA or equivalent. Exceptions to this rule are made on a case-by-case basis and require a writing sample.

“The bonds and relationships that I formed with fellow students is going to be ever lasting…This whole experience is one of the most beneficial and rewarding things in my life.” – Manasi Ghatge, A+ Pre-College camper

“I expected camp to be filled with nerdy kids and I was completely blown out of the water. The classes were interesting and captivating, and the people were some of the best I have ever met.” - Arielle Zina, A+ High School camper


A+ Summer Critical Thinking/Writing - Staff Profiles

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - John Kephart, PhD (Camp Director & Instructor )

John Kephart, PhD — Camp Director & Instructor

Dr. John Kephart III is an associate professor at California State University, Northridge.  Dr. Kephart has a PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the University of Southern California.  A member of the Education Unlimited team since 2008, Dr. Kephart has served as instructor, director and curriculum designer.  He helped to develop the...


Education Unlimited - Daniel Balogun (Logic Instructor)

Daniel Balogun — Logic Instructor

Daniel Balogun is a missionary math teacher at the CEAD Christian...


Education Unlimited - Harrison Foster (Instructor)

Harrison Foster — Instructor

Harrison Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from University of California, Berkeley. His love of language and the power of words has inspired his teaching career.  He has taught in both class and individual format, developed curriculum and materials, and worked to build confidence in high school students as they prepare for the...


Education Unlimited - Shaun Holloway (Instructor)

Shaun Holloway — Instructor

Shaun Holloway is an English and Composition Instructor at George Mason University, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree.  Through his writing workshops, he focuses on a wide variety of genres including novel, short story, personal and personal and philosophical essays, poetry, radio drama, and graphic novels.  Shaun is a...


Education Unlimited - Iris Malone (Instructor)

Iris Malone — Instructor

Iris is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at Stanford University where she studies international security and political methodology. Prior to Stanford, she had a Fulbright Scholarship in...


Education Unlimited - Adam Marston, MFA (Instruction)

Adam Marston, MFA — Instruction

Adam Marston is an English teacher and freelance writer.  He has taught both at the high school and college level, most recently as a writing instructor, teaching Introduction to College Composition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has also taught Leadership to high school students for the Kingdom Education Foundation. Adam has a...


Education Unlimited - Andrea Rivard (Writing Instructor)

Andrea Rivard — Writing Instructor

Andrea Rivard is a teacher currently teaching AP Literature and Composition and AP Language and Composition at Summit Public Schools: Tahoma in South San Jose.  Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree in English, with a minor in Earth Science, from University of Northern Colorado. A high school teacher, Andrea has taught Intro to Journalism, Creative...


Education Unlimited - Brett Shanley, MFA (Instructor)

Brett Shanley, MFA — Instructor

Brett Shanley is a writer and English lecturer currently pursuing a PhD...


Education Unlimited - Oishee Shemontee (Logic and Science instructor)

Oishee Shemontee — Logic and Science instructor

Oishee Shemontee is an experience science instructor and SAT tutor with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in English from the University of California, Irvine.  Oishee is passionate about making science more relevant and easily accessible to people from a young age. In high school, she co-founded a peer tutoring program to help...


Education Unlimited - Daniel Williams, MFA (Writing Instructor)

Daniel Williams, MFA — Writing Instructor

Daniel Williams is an instructor and copywriter with a Master of Fine...


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.


Upcoming Camps

A+ Summer High School

A+ Summer High School challenges rising 9th and 10th-grade students with high-level academic activities that develop the skills needed for high school success and achievement. Over the course of seven days, students will attend classes in advanced argumentative writing, critical reading, and logic/ problem-solving. Students will also receiv...

A+ Summer Middle School

A+ Summer Middle School immerses rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in an environment that encourages advanced thinking, creative problem solving, and a lifelong love of learning. For six days, students will explore their potential as inventors, detectives, and strategists. Interdisciplinary classes will strengthen stud...

A+ Summer Pre-College

A+ Summer Pre-College Rising 11th and 12th grade students prepare for college-level academics and build skills to qualify for top colleges at A+ Summer Pre-College, held on the campuses of Stanford University and Yale University. Students attend courses in logic, research, writing, and presentations and develop the vocabulary, proble...