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Although we do give grade level suggestions for our quarter classes, please do not enroll your student based on age or grade level alone. 

Primarily, please consider your student's prior writing experience and current skill set. 


Beginning Writers (little to no experience) - If your student has no grammar experience and you are not working on grammar separately at home, we strongly recommend completing Grammar I - IV before beginning any other writing classes. 

With a basic working knowledge of grammar, next assess your student's writing skill set. Can your student write single sentences that are informative? If not, choose Sentence Stretchers. If yes, move on to The Paragraph. If your student can write a paragraph with general ease, next consider The Composition. This class introduces students to compositions of 3-5 paragraphs. If your student is capable of writing simple three-paragraph compositions, you can consider any of our other beginning classes, in no particular order: The Summary, The Narrative, Expository Writing, or Research Basics. 

Beginning Literature - These classes are suggested for young writers and readers, grades 3-6. Prerequisites are listed under class descriptions. 

Growing Writers (some writing experience with good foundation) -Students moving into the Growing Writer classes should be capable of writing paragraphs and have some exposure to the idea of composition. Again, if your student has little to no grammar experience, we strongly recommend completing Growing Grammar I - IV before completing any other classes. 

Essay Basics is typically the best starting place for most middle-level students. This class introduces composition concepts such as introductions, conclusions, and organizational methods. Essay Basics ultimately teaches the five-paragraph essay method. Following this class, students might benefit from additional practice in Essay Basics Practice.

If your student is capable of writing a five-paragraph essay with ease, you can consider one of our Growing the Essay classes or The Research Paper.

Growing Literature - These classes are suggested for growing writers and readers, grades 7-9. Prerequisites are listed under class descriptions. 


Advanced Writers (writing experience with strong understanding of grammar and essays of 5-10 paragraphs) - Students moving into the Advanced Writer classes should be capable of writing essays of 5-10 paragraphs, with basic exposure to the ideas of descriptive, narrative, expository, and opinion writing. 

Advanced Writing Skills is a great place to start but not required. This class covers skills to improve writing voice in grammar-assignment style.


Choosing & Using Sources is also a great starter class but also not required. This class covers the different types of sources and their uses in addition to how to properly use and cite sources within papers. We do cover some of this information in The Expository Essay and The Persuasive Essay, so students with strong attention to detail and/or prior experience with sources may not need this class. 

The Expository Essay is the next best class. We highly recommend this class for most upper-level students, even if they have prior experience with the expository essay. This class provides plenty of practice but is also simpler than the next two essay classes, so students are able to become familiar with our program without being overwhelmed. 

Students who have taken The Expository Essay or who have prior strong experience with expository writing may enroll in The Persuasive Essay or The Exploratory Research Paper. Students who have taken The Persuasive Essay or who have prior strong experience with persuasive writing may then enroll in The Advanced Essay. 

We also offer SAT Essay Prep and ACT Essay Prep as well as Professional Writing, appropriate for any upper-level student with a minimum of five-paragraph essay experience. 

Advanced Literature - These classes are suggested for advanced writers and readers, grades 10-12. Prerequisites are listed under class descriptions. 


Creative Writers (all levels) - Our creative writing classes are open to all levels. We do recommend that all new students begin in Intro to Creative Writing to get a feel for our style of instruction and feedback. Some other classes require a prerequisite or comparable experience (noted under each description), but generally, classes may be completed in any order the student wishes. 


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