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What Course Should I Take?

Suggested Course Sequence

confused dadWriteAtHome® is a multi-year solution to writing instruction. Any single writing course will be of great benefit to students; however, we believe that the craft of writing requires years to fully develop. We therefore recommend long-term thinking when it comes to enrolling in our courses. To get the most out of WriteAtHome, plan for multiple years of writing instruction.

With this in mind, below is our recommended course sequence for those joining us at different grade levels. Remember, these are merely recommendations. If you have particular needs or questions, feel free to contact us at and we’ll be happy to help you design a custom course sequence for your family.

 

What about the SAT Essay Prep and Workshop Courses?

The Suggested Course Sequence below does not include either individual workshops or the SAT Essay Prep course. This is because the annual courses cover the same material you would find in the workshops, other than a handful that we consider optional elective courses. Also, we recommend that the SAT Essay Prep Workshop be taken in addition to scheduled courses, not in lieu of them.

Suggestions for Middle School Students

Starting in 6th Grade
6th Grade: Middle School Composition 1, Annual
7th Grade: Middle School Composition 2, Annual
8th Grade: Middle School Composition 3, Annual
9th Grade: High School Composition 1, Annual
10th Grade: High School Composition 2, Annual
11th Grade: High School Composition 3, Annual
12th Grade: High School Composition 4, Annual
Starting in 7th Grade
7th Grade: Middle School Composition 1 or 2, Annual
(depending on ability)
8th Grade: Middle School Composition 2 or 3, Annual
9th Grade: High School Composition 1, Annual
10th Grade: High School Composition 2, Annual
11th Grade: High School Composition 3, Annual
12th Grade: High School Composition 4, Annual
Starting in 8th Grade
8th Grade: Middle School Composition 1, 2, or 3,
Annual (depending on ability)
9th Grade: High School Composition 1, Annual
10th Grade: High School Composition 2, Annual
11th Grade: High School Composition 3, Annual
12th Grade: High School Composition 4, Annual

Questions About Course Placement?

Having trouble deciding which class to take? Relax. What most families find is that it doesn’t really matter. There is only a subtle difference in difficulty between one course and the next, although Middle School Composition 1 contains more review material than later courses. Because our classes are tutorial in nature, you will find that our writing coaches will adapt their feedback to the ability level of the student. They are excellent at appropriately challenging writers of all abilities. For this reason, a single course can be a pleasant challenge to both a struggling writer and a budding laureate. In general, we recommend that middle schoolers start at grade level (or one year ahead for strong writers). For high schoolers, start with Composition 1, regardless of age, as the high school classes are designed to be roughly sequential. For more help, e-mail us at .

Suggestions for High School Students

Starting in 9th Grade
9th Grade: High School Composition 1, Annual
10th Grade: High School Composition 2, Annual
11th Grade: High School Composition 3, Annual
12th Grade: High School Composition 4, Annual
Starting in 10th Grade
10th Grade: High School Composition 1, Annual
11th Grade: High School Composition 2, or 3, Annual
12th Grade: High School Composition 4, Annual
Starting in 11th Grade
11th Grade: High School Composition 1, Annual
12th Grade: High School Composition 2, 3, or 4, Annual
Starting in 12th Grade
12th Grade: High School Composition 1, Annual