Middle-School Scholarship Skills (Summer)

Class is currently in progress and no longer available for purchase.

Term: Summer 2020, June 2–July 2 (10 sessions) and July 13–August 12 (10 sessions)
Target Grade Levels: 6th–9th
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Price: $150.00

Course Sections
Section 1:
June 2–July 2 | T/Th 11:00 a.m. ET with Joanne Schinstock (Section Full)
Section 2:
July 13–August 12 | M/W 1:00 p.m. ET with Reagan Israel (Section Full)
Section 3: July 13–August 12 | M/W 10:00 a.m. ET with Reagan Israel (Section Full)
Section 4: June 1–July 1
| M/W 11:00 a.m. ET with Joanne Schinstock (Section Full)

Joint Enrollment: This course is offered as a joint-enrollment class between Scholé Academy and St. Raphael School.

This course challenges students to develop the wise diligence that is vital to academics and to life. Incorporating elements that will encourage students of every learning style, this course assists students in identifying and overcoming obstacles to learning. Under the guidance of the instructor, students will complete fun and insightful self-evaluation quizzes, identify individual strengths and weaknesses, and develop growth strategies.

Students will learn how to manage time and minimize distractions, how to prudently use technology in learning, how to prepare to study, how to study actively, and how to self-assess using a student mastery portrait (set goals and measure personal goals). Through assigned reading selections, students will hone their comprehension skills and learn how to read various genres of literature. In the process, they will learn active reading, note-taking, and outlining skills. Similarly, targeted writing exercises will train students to organize their thoughts and craft paragraphs.

Ultimately, this course aims to foster student virtues of patience, perseverance, and joy in learning.

Placement: Please read about our new process above.

Syllabus: Access syllabus here.

None. This course draws on How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler as a primary text, adapting its goals and scope to fit the needs of younger students. (This book is not required reading.) The instructor will provide students with all requisite materials electronically, including diagnostic quizzes, selected essays, and correlating exercises.

Joanne Schinstock has been an educator since 2005, with a master in humanities from the University of
Dallas. As Scholé Academy principal, she supervises the promotion, development, and operations of
Scholé Academy, building a community that supports students and parents striving for contemplative
classical education. Joanne joined the faculty of Scholé Academy in 2016 and enjoys teaching the Writing
& Rhetoric series, literature, and history courses. jschinstock@scholeacademy.com

Reagan Israel has a BS in psychology and is currently in graduate school studying ancient Greek and
Hebrew in Jerusalem. A Texas native, Ms. Israel taught Latin and humanities at a classical school in
Houston for four years. In a past life, Ms. Israel was a professional ballet dancer, and for seven years she
has stayed connected to the art through teaching and choreographing. In both the studio and the academic
classroom, she enjoys working with middle schoolers and being a part of their lives as they grow from
childhood into adolescence. Ms. Israel is married to a musician and mobile app designer, and together
they currently make their home in Jerusalem, where they enjoy reading widely, drinking Turkish coffee,
and fumbling through Hebrew conversations.

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be a much better solution, as such devices enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer.

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class.

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:


  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.


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First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Registration is finalized when the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.


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