Summer Education Programs and Workshops

At The Carraway Center, our mission is to empower each child with the hope, understanding, and abilities they need to be successful in school and in life. Our summer education programs and workshops are designed to help students develop successful study habits and individual learning strategies that can be applied in the classroom and beyond.

We invite your child to attend one or more of our summer education programs and workshops. Our programs are based on cognitive learning strategies and neuroscience research and are available for students entering grades 5 - 12.

2020 Summer Virtual Academic Workshops:

The Carraway Center offers these workshops for rising 5th - 12th grade students the 2-3 weeks before their school year begins. Students may choose to attend one or more workshops during the week. Available times and dates are included below.

Study & Learning Techniques Virtual Mini-Courses

$85 each

The study and learning techniques mini-courses are designed to teach students how to organize materials, manage time wisely, prepare for upcoming deadlines, take notes, sustain attention, manage remote learning and efficiently study for tests and exams.
*Additional small group workshops can be put together by parents for alternate dates.

Study & Learning Techniques Mini-Courses:

Organization Tips & Strategies
  • Middle School Students: Wednesday, August 5th 10:30 - 12:00
  • Upper School Students: Thursday, August 6th 10:30 - 12:00
Time-Management Techniques & Tools
  • Middle School Students: Friday, August 7th 10:30 - 12:00
  • Upper School Students: Monday, August 10th 3:30 - 5:00
Strategies to Improve Attention & Engagement in the Learning Process
  • Middle School Students: Friday, August 14th 10:30 - 12:00
  • Upper School Students: Thursday, August 13th 3:30 - 5:00
In-School & Remote Learning Study Skills
  • Middle School Students: Monday, August 10th 10:30 - 12:00
  • Upper School Students: Wednesday, August 12th 3:30 - 5:00
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Critical Reading Virtual Workshop


The Critical Reading Workshop is for students who want to improve their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. The course is adapted to meet grade level expectations and focuses on reading novels, textbooks, articles, and standardized reading passages. Students learn techniques for improving their comprehension, active reading, maintaining attention, annotating, taking notes, answering questions, making inferences and writing summaries. A kit of course materials will be provided for the student prior to the beginning of the course.

Critical Reading Workshop:

  • Option A July 27 - July 31
  • Rising 8th and 9th Graders: 10:30am - 12:30pm

  • Option B: August 3 - August 7
  • Rising 6th, 7th and 8th Graders: 8:00am - 10:00am
  • Rising 9th - 12th Graders: 10:30am - 12:30pm
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Academic Writing Virtual Workshop


The Academic Writing Workshop is for students who want to enhance their writing skills with better organization, editing, and persuasive writing techniques. The course is specifically designed for writing required in each grade level. Younger students learn how to write topic sentences and strong supporting details. Junior high students learn how to write 3 and 5 paragraph essays with strong organization, details and descriptive language. High school students focus on enhancing their writing techniques with tools useful for writing essays, themes, research papers and college applications and essays. A kit of course materials will be provided for the student prior to the beginning of the course.

Academic Writing Workshop:

  • Week: July 27 - July 31
  • Rising 9th - 12th Graders: 8:00am - 10:00am
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ACT & SAT Virtual Workshops


ACT Workshop:

  • Week 1: July 6 - 10
  • Week 2: August 3 - 7
  • Rising 9th - 12th Graders: 9:30am - 11:30am
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SAT Workshop:

Workshop closed. Additional dates coming soon.

ISEE Preparation Workshop


The ISEE Prep Workshop provides general and specific test-taking strategies for the ISEE and provides familiarity with the layout and components of the test. A practice test is administered for 3 hours on the first day and a predicted score is provided. The following days focus on overview strategies for the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Math and Essay sections of the test.

  • Rising 5th and 6th Graders: Dates coming soon
  • Rising 7th and 8th Graders: Dates coming soon

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PSAT Preparation Workshop


The PSAT Intensive Workshop will cover general and specific test-taking strategies that will increase familiarity with both the content and type of questions included on the PSAT.

  • August 11 – 12: 9am - 12pm
  • October 13 5:45pm - 6:45pm *day before the PSAT

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Academic & Executive Function Coaching:

Virtual Summer Reading Coaching

Our Summer Reading Coaches work individually or in small groups with students as we help:

  1. Plan out their summer reading each week
  2. Discuss themes, events, characters and other key literary devices
  3. Engage students to check for understanding and elaborate comprehension
  4. Teach and model good reading comprehension techniques
  5. Hold students accountable for staying on track
  6. Complete additional related projects and assignments on time

Virtual Math Coaching

Our Mathematics Coaches work individually with students as we help:

  1. Reteach critical math skills and processes
  2. Provide cyclical review of key math vocabulary and skills
  3. Review math facts to increase fluency and speed
  4. Pre-teach key concepts for the upcoming school year

Virtual Executive Function Coaching

Executive Functions are the basic skills that allow us to set goals and achieve them. They include skills like: planning, organizing, prioritizing, managing your time, staying focused on a task, completing tasks, and refocusing or shifting gears when you get off track. They also include organizing your thoughts and regulating your emotions.

Our Executive Function Coaches help teach students how to effectively change their short term habits in order to affect long term change. Our summer executive function coaching is directed toward managing summer reading and math assignments, coordinating and planning summer jobs and activities, and reflecting on past academic patterns and planning new methods for the upcoming year. During the school year, our Executive Function Coaches help students who are:

  1. Often overwhelmed and confused by directions, emails, due dates and details
  2. Carry around piles of disorganized papers and materials and have trouble finding what they need when they need it
  3. Have trouble remembering when homework is due and the details related to each assignment
  4. Avoid reflecting on past performance and looking at missed assignments and current grades online
  5. Frequently overwhelmed by their workload, projects, home chores and don’t know where or how to get started
  6. Hyper-focus on one part of an assignment or task while losing track of time and the work remains incomplete
  7. Spend alot of time finishing homework and then may forget to bring it to school or turn it in on time

Additional Summer Programs:

  • Credit Recovery for 8th-12th graders
  • Individual Math Instruction - Math Jump Start for Upcoming Year
  • Executive Function Coaching
  • Individual Reading & Phonics Instruction
  • Individual Academic Coaching Services
  • Parent Consultations
  • College Essay Applications Writing Guidance
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Homeschool Instruction Guidance & Individual Instruction

We would love to speak with you personally! We additionally can provide small group sessions of our workshops on different dates than listed above for parents who are interested in putting together their own groups. Please contact our office at or 615-279-9376 for additional information or to register for our additional summer programs.