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Summer Studies at the Student Success Network 2017

Success starts here. Miami Country Day School defines success as a combination of core values. The Student Success Network facilitates the whole child development by offering a broad range of services designed to enhance opportunities for achieving success.

Through the values of honor, respect, wisdom, and compassion, we support our students so that the entire family and our Miami Country Day School community enjoy a successful educational experience.


Academic Tutoring


Test Prep




Reading & Writing



— Humanities Math and Science World Languages Additional Subjects

— Test Prep Tutoring ACT Crash Course Test Prep Intensives

— Fiesta Fun Spanish ESOL, A Summer Jumpstart

— Tackling the College Essay Creative Writing Roudtable Reading and Literary Analysis Reading Comprehension by Grade

— Calculus AB Warm-Up Moving Up Math Series

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Welcome! At the Student Success Network, we believe that summer is the perfect time for students to get ahead in their educational development. Students from all over the world have spent their summers preparing for exams and sharpening their academic skills with the Student Success Network at Miami Country Day School and now you can too! See you here in Summer 2017!

What’s available?

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Academic Subjects

We love meeting and exceeding expectations. “Your SSN tutor has made all the difference in the world to our daughter. Because of her, our daughter was inspired, engaged, and felt looked after. Your tutor made it possible for our daughter to succeed.They have a special bond, and we will forever be grateful.” – lower school parent

Math and Science Singapore Math Algebra I, II Geometry Pre-calculus Calculus Science Physics Biology Chemistry Marine Biology Environmental Science

Private: $107/hour Semi-private: $82/hour Small group (3+): $62/hour


Social Studies History European History World History American History Human Geography Civics Government Economics Macroeconomics Language Arts English Genres American Literature World Literature British Literature Comparative Literature Contemporary Literature Public Speaking Journalism Creative Writing Essay Writing Persuasive Writing Analytical Writing Music Theory

World Languages Spanish 1-5 Spanish Literature French 1-4 Mandarin 1-3 Arabic ESOL

Additional Subjects Study Skills Test-taking Strategies Time Management Organizational Skills Reading Comprehension Quantitative Ability

Honors and AP available where applicable.

Student Success Network | Summer 7

SSN students reach their goal scores!

Test Prep

On average, our students raise their test scores by 30 percent!

Private Tutoring: $137/hour Semi-Private: $82/hour Small Group (3+): $62/hour Tutoring available for: • ACT • ISEE • PSAT • SAT • SSAT • SAT Subject Tests

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Test Prep Intensives

ACT Crash Course for June 10th Exam $1,040 Rising Grades 9 - 12 | June 4 - 9 Sun./Mon./Tue./Fri. | 9 AM - 1 PM • Take advantage of free practice tests on Saturday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 7 from 9 AM - 1 PM

Test Prep Grammar

Rising Grades 9 - 12 Session A: June 12 - 29 Monday-Thursday | 10 AM - 12 PM


Session B: July 10 - 27 Monday-Thursday | 12:30 - 2:30 PM Session C: July 31 - August 17 Monday-Thursday | 10 AM - 12 PM

Test Prep Math

Rising Grades 9 - 12 Session A: June 12 - 29 Monday-Thursday | 12:30 - 2:30 PM


Session B: July 10 - 27 Monday-Thursday | 10 AM - 12 PM Session C: July 31 - August 17 Monday-Thursday | 2 - 4 PM Student Success Network | Summer 9


Miami boasts a strong and vibrant international presence. As such, we recognize the value of offering opportunities to learn languages in the summer in addition to the school year!

Rising Grades 1 – 5 Fiesta Fun Spanish

$350 Session A: June 12 - 16 | Monday - Friday | 9 - 11:45 AM Session B: June 19 - 23 | Monday - Friday | 9 - 11:45 AM • Spanish immersion class for beginners and intermediate students • Expand your vocabulary and language skills with games, songs and arts and crafts.

Rising Grades 5 – 9 ESOL, A Summer Jumpstart

June 12 - 30 | Monday-Friday | 10 AM - 1 PM


• For non-native speakers of English • Advance your language skills through individualized work. Student Success Network | Summer 11

Reading & Writing

Tackling the College Essay


Rising Grade 12 only Session I: June 5 – 9 Session II: June 12 – 16 Mon. – Fri. | 9 AM – 12 PM • Tell the admissions committee who you are and learn what works and what doesn’t from Mrs. Marisol Sardina-Konen, a college guidance counselor with over 10 years of experience • Produce at least one college essay that can be used during the application process

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Creative Writing Roundtable


Reading and Literary Analysis


Session A: June 5 - 21 | Mon./Wed.| 3 - 5 PM Session B: August 1 - 17 | Tue./Thu.| 3:00-5:00pm Rising Grades 6 - 12 only • Explore your talents through guided exercises and respectful critiques in this college-style creative writing class! Open to all students who are dedicated to creative writing experimentation.

Session A: June 6 - 22 | Tue./Wed./Thu. | 1 - 3 PM Session B: July 31 - August 16 | Mon./Tues./Wed. | 1 - 3 PM Rising Grades 8 - 12 only • Who taught you to analyze a book and find important quotes? Who demonstrated how to read a literary text? If the answer is no one, we have the class for you!! Learn to see beneath the surface with Valerie Bosman using “Dubliners” and “The Fault in our Stars.”

Reading Comprehension by Grade

These classes are structured around the MCDS benchmarks for reading comprehension at each grade level. If your child is significantly ahead of or behind the average level, please feel free to enroll in a different grade level. All classes are offered each session. • Session A: June 5 - 9 • Session B: June 12 - 16 • Session C: June 19 - 24 • Session D: June 27 - July 1 Grades 3 - 4: Monday - Friday | 9 - 10:30 AM | $188 Grades 4 - 5: Monday - Friday | 10:30 AM - 12 PM | $188 Grades 6 - 7: Monday - Friday | 12 - 1:30 PM | $188

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You can always count on us. “We can’t thank you enough for the extra help you gave our daughter with her tutoring sessions. You always went out of your way to accommodate a session based on her schedule and her needs. She had been struggling with math until you were able to find the right tutor for her.” – upper school parent

AP Calculus AB Warm-Up


July 31 - August 4 | Mon./Wed./Fri. | 9 AM – 12 PM Rising Grades 10 – 12 only This course is taught by Mr. Mike Hutsko, an experienced AP Calculus teacher, and designed for students entering AP Calculus AB who want to make sure they are well-prepared for the rigor and pace of Advanced Placement math.

Moving Up Math Series

These classes are structured around the Singapore Math and MCDS benchmarks for math content knowledge at each grade level. If your child is significantly ahead of or behind the average level, please feel free to enroll in a different grade level. All classes are offered each session. • Session A: June 5 - 9 • Session B: June 12 - 16 • Session C: July 31 - August 4 • Session D: August 7 - 11 • Session E: August 14 - 18 Moving Up Singapore Math Fundamentals: Rising Grades 1 - 2 | Monday - Friday | 8 - 9 AM | $125 Moving Up Singapore Math: Rising Grades 2 - 3 | Monday - Friday | 9 - 10 AM | |$125 Moving Up Singapore Math: Rising Grades 4 - 5 | Monday - Friday | 10 - 11:30 AM | $188 Moving Up Math Pre-Algebra: Rising Grades 6 - 8 | Monday - Friday | 11:30 - 2:00 PM | $313 Moving Up Math Integrated Math: Rising Grades 7 - 9 | Monday - Friday | 9 - 11:30 PM | $313 Student Success Network | Summer 15

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What’s our secret?

People Student Success Network | Summer 17

Betsy Kaplan Director

Meet the team.

For 25 years Betsy Kaplan’s business experience and acumen have been assets to Miami Country Day School, culminating in her current positions as Director of After School Clubs and Director of the Student Success Network. Betsy’s diverse career has spanned from management and budget controls of Brand Marketing and Communications at Barry University to ten years in retail sales at Neiman Marcus. Her talents include the ability to fluidly work with children, parents, and staff members in order to facilitate the excellence of her programs. A Miami native, Betsy has been married to another Miamian for 33 years and they have a son who attended MCDS from Kinder to College before embarking on his law career and a highly successful daughter.

Valerie Bosman Coordinator Valerie tutored her way through Cornell University, Columbia University, and New York University before realizing that tutoring itself provided the passion she sought... and that she had a knack for getting accepted to top colleges. Her 23 years as a professional tutor, including nine years as a Master Tutor for The Princeton Review, garnered her renown for substantial student score increases on standardized exams such as the: SAT, ACT, PSAT, and LSAT and for transforming student reading comprehension, writing skills, and overall GPA performance by igniting an enduring passion for learning and achievement. Valerie has also designed curricula and taught customized SAT/ACT and AP Literature workshops for various institutions, including Florida’s Seminole Tribe reservations. An avaricious bibliophile,Valerie lives a rainbow fairy life with her husband and their ever-expanding coterie of furry offspring.

Our academic and test prep tutors are expert tutors and teachers. Miami Country Day School’s Student Success Network employs highly specialized tutors who possess the magic required to transform complex concepts into relatable ideas, utilizing a myriad of creative explanations. Our academic and test prep tutors are expert tutors and teachers who customize their approach to each student, facilitating understanding and maximizing academic success. Most of our tutors hold advanced degrees in their subject areas. All tutors have five or more years of professional tutoring experience and have scored in the 92nd percentile or higher on all test prep exams taught. Our tutors have completed an extensive interview process and are continually evaluated. We look for tutors who have been awarded recognition for their accomplishments and who demonstrate a passion for helping every student, every day. Student Success Network | Summer 19

Tutoring Hours

Weekday hours: 8:30am-6:30pm Weekend hours: 9:00am-4:00pm Evening and weekend tutoring sessions are available by appointment.

Scheduling an Appointment

Program Policies

Please try to schedule appointments as far in advance as possible to increase the chances of getting an appointment at the day and time preferred. However, we understand that lastminute quizzes, exams, and anxiety are all part of academic life. For this reason, you can schedule appointments at any time by calling Valerie Bosman at 305.297.2955 or Betsy Kaplan at 305.779.7211.

Cancellation & Late Policy

If it becomes necessary to cancel a session, please contact Valerie Bosman or Betsy Kaplan 24 hours in advance. Failure to cancel an appointment in advance will result in your account being charged for the cost of the session. For any other reason, please contact Betsy Kaplan. If a student is late for an appointment, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time. Payment will be for the entire period scheduled.

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What’s next? For program information and general questions, please contact Betsy Kaplan, Student Success Network Director, 305.779.7211 or For assistance with tutoring or evaluations, please contact Valerie Bosman, Student Success Network Coordinator, 305.297.2955 or

Let’s go! Student Success Network | Summer 21

Contact us to learn more!

Summer Programs are proudly supported by:

If you have questions or would like to take a tour of our campus, please let us know. We would like nothing more than to share our love for Country Day summers with you and your family. For information about combining courses with camps, please call 305.779.7211.

Online Registration and detailed course and tutoring policies can now be found online!

Summer Programs

Phone Student Success Network Office 305.779.7211

Email Student Success Network

Social Media Summer Programs Facebook Summer Programs Instagram @MCDSummerPrograms

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Betsy Kaplan SSN Director Valerie Bosman SSN Coordinator

NE 6th Avenue

SSN Office (Primary Hall)

South Gate

NE 107th Street

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