Elite Power Speech & Debate Starts This Fall


Announcing our newest program: Elite Power Speech & Debate!

What is Elite Power Speech & Debate?

  • Elite’s Speech program focuses heavily on speech, critical thinking, and impromptu skills to help students learn the basic points of speaking in public. Students will learn basic speech skills such as gestures, posture, and eye contact.
  • Our Debate program is designed to teach students basic debate skills and the technical necessities for debating in Public Forum Debate. 

What is the difference between Speech & Debate?

Speech focuses on efficiency of content delivery and utilizes a developed skillset to present and persuade listeners. Students prepare and organize research to present speeches to an audience.

Debate is an argumentative competition that requires competing individuals or groups to convince judges of their respective viewpoints by employing eloquence and sound evidence.

What are the benefits of Speech & Debate?

  • Develops important team-building, critical thinking, and logical reasoning skills
  • Aligns with new Common Core state standards by improving students' ability to cite evidence and research
  • Advances reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills that are important to academic and future career success
  • Fosters self-confidence and leadership abilities

  • Provides opportunities to excel at a meaningful extracurricular activity, garner honors and awards, and stand out in the college admission process

Why Elite?

  • Every branch of Elite is a member of the National Forensics League (NFL) and National Junior Forensics League (NJFL), the National Speech and Debate Association's premier honor societies. This allows Elite to grant students points for Speech & Debate rounds which may be used to attain the coveted All American status.

  • All coaches at Elite have extensive training and experience in the field of Speech & Debate. With their knowledge and expertise, coaches offer every student the individual attention, confidence, and experience they need to succeed in any public forum.

  • Select Elite branches and their programs have been evaluated and approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) because of their outstanding learning environment and support offered to students. This means that Elite classes meet the same rigorous standards as high school classes.

  • Elite Educational Institute is proudly partnered with the Center for Future Global Leaders to jointly develop and administer the International Academic Competitions at their locations in Canada, China, South Korea, and the United States.

Elite Power Speech & Debate Classes are starting this fall at select Elite branches. Contact your branch today to register or learn more!

Posted on September 25, 2014 .

Video from Teacher Convocation 2014

Elite Teacher Convocation: the time of year when we gather all our faculty and staff together to exchange ideas, celebrate our students, and kick off another exciting year of education! 

Check out the video below to meet this year's Elite Students of the Year, learn about how we prepare our teachers to be the best in the business, and find out just what it is that sets Elite apart.

Posted on September 10, 2014 .

Elite of Laguna Hills is Here!


Say hello to our newest branch in Laguna Hills, California!

Located in the new Courtyard at La Paz shopping center, Elite of Laguna Hills' fall offerings include SAT & SAT Subject Test prep, ACT prep, 3-2-1 Quad Tutoring, and ReadiPrep Math & English. 

Do you live in the Laguna Hills area, and are you ready to give your grades and test scores a serious boost? Contact Elite of Laguna Hills today to schedule your free diagnostic test and consultation.

Elite of Laguna Hills
25282 McIntyre St
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 916-0355

Posted on September 8, 2014 .

Meet the Elite 2014 Students of the Year

Each year, Elite USA awards scholarships to a few of our students who most notably demonstrate the qualities we are committed to: a sincere passion for learning, an exceptional work ethic, and a great attitude. Our 2014 Elite Students of the Year have worked hard, overcome obstacles, participated in countless extracurricular activities, and excelled academically.

On June 7, Elite students and staff assembled at the Elite Teacher Convocation 2014 to celebrate the successes of the past year and recognize the efforts and achievements of this year's outstanding Students of the Year. Congratulations to all our 2014 Southern California Students of the Year!


Aisli Valencia

Aisli is a graduate of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, where she was a member of the Elite Community Scholars Satellite Program. Aisli will be studying Biochemistry at Occidental College this fall.

Raquel Matamoros

Raquel attended John Marshall High School and Elite's Community Scholars Satellite Program there. She'll be attending UC Riverside and majoring in Global Studies starting this fall.

Christina Chu

Christina attended Centennial High School and is this year's Student of the Year from Elite of Anaheim Hills. Christina looks forward to attending Brown University in the fall, where she'll be studying Biochemistry/Molecular Biology.

Michael Carter

Michael attended Elite of Arcadia and Maranatha High School. He will be heading east to attend Johns Hopkins University where he'll be studying Biology (Pre-med).

Lucy Choi

Lucy is a graduate of Cerritos High School and plans to attend UC Berkeley to study Public Health in the fall. She is this year's Elite Student of the Year from Elite of Cerritos.

Steven Truong

Steven is an Elite of Fountain Valley’s 2014 Student of the Year. He's a graduate of Fountain Valley High School and plans to study Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley.

Helen Kirkby

Helen is a graduate of University High School and attended Elite of Irvine-Newport Beach. She looks forward to starting at UC Berkeley, where she'll be majoring in Political Science.

Kang Min Daniel Lee

Kang Min graduated from the LA Center for Enriched Studies and attended Elite of Los Angeles. This fall, he will be heading to Dartmouth College.

Gilbert Bao

Gilbert is this year’s Elite of Northridge Student of the Year. He graduated from Agoura High and will be attending the University of Chicago to study Economics.

Gloria Seo

Gloria attended Elite of Irvine-Northwood and is a graduate of Foothill High School. Gloria will be heading to Pomona College to major in Chemistry.

Ben Cohen

Ben attended Elite of San Diego-Rancho Bernardo and is a graduate of Rancho Bernardo High School. He looks forward to attending Princeton University this year.

Jessica Cao

Jessica attended Centennial High School and is Elite of Rowland Heights’ 2014 Student of the Year. She will be starting at Brown University this year.


Ashwin Rao

Ashwin attended Elite of San Diego and Carlsbad High School. He will be a freshman at the University of Michigan this fall.

Dahnby Jun

Dahnby attended South High School and was will be attending UC Berkeley, where she'll study Integrative Biology. Dahnby is this year’s Elite of Torrance Student of the Year.

Sharon Lee

Sharon is a graduate of Valencia High School and is Elite of Valencia’s 2014 Student of the Year. Sharon is looking forward to attending Stanford University starting this fall and studying Art Practice with tangents in Business and Communications.

Posted on August 25, 2014 .

New Elite Locations in San Jose and Thousand Oaks Now Open!

Elite Educational Institute is pleased to announce the opening of our two newest locations in San Jose and Thousand Oaks, California!


Elite's most recently opened branch in Thousand Oaks location is our 22nd branch in California and our 44th branch worldwide. 

Summer classes at these locations are in progress and still enrolling! To learn more about our newest branches, visit the Elite of San Jose and Elite of Thousand Oaks branch pages.

Posted on June 12, 2014 .

2 out of 12 New UCSD Medical Scholars are Elite Alumni

For the second year in a row, two of the twelve students accepted to the highly selective UCSD Medical Scholars Program are Elite students!

Each year, UC San Diego invites 500 of the most highly qualified applicants from their regular admission pool to apply to the UCSD Medical Scholars Program. Students cannot choose to apply to this program but must be invited. From this pool of 500 applicants, no more than 12 students are accepted each year. 

If accepted, students are guaranteed admission into the undergraduate program of their choice and provisional admission to the UCSD School of Medicine without having to take the MCAT. This makes the UCSD Medical Scholars Program one of the most competitive and highly selective Bachelor/M.D. programs in the world.

Congratulations to Vrajesh Shah from Elite of Fullerton and Kushagra Mathur from Elite of Irvine-Newport Beach on your acceptance to the UCSD Medical Scholars Program!

Posted on May 30, 2014 .

Ethan's Quick Reference Guide to the Eight Types of SAT Critical Reading Questions

1. Main Idea

What this question is usually asking: What’s the big idea? What’s the main point or thesis?

Tip: Decide what the main point is before looking at your answer choices.

Examples of this type of question:

  • The main point of the passage is to
  • The passage can primarily be described as
  • The passage as a whole primarily concerned with


2. Direct Comprehension

What this question is usually asking: What does the author mean [in this tiny part right here]?

Tip: Use the “one thumb” rule: answer is often within one thumb’s distance above or below the reference line.


  • The phrase “X” refers to
  • The author apparently believes which of the following about X?
  • All of the following X can be found in the passage EXCEPT 


3. Purpose/Rhetorical Strategy

What this question is usually asking: What is the author doing in this part of the passage? (or) Why is this section of the passage here?


  • The purpose of the fifth paragraph is to
  • The author mentions X in order to demonstrate
  • The quotation marks around X serve to emphasize


4. Inference

What this question is usually asking: What is the least we can assume here?

Tip: the answer on the SAT is likely to be a very conservative inference and there will always be textual evidence.

My favorite exercise for this: What’s the least we can assume based on the statement, “Kobe Bryant once scored 83 points in a basketball game...”?


  • It can be inferred from X that
  • The statement in X suggests/implies that
  • X is based on the assumption that


5. Analogy/Application

What this question is usually asking: based on the relationship between A and B (in the passage), what is the relationship between X and Y (in the answer choices).

Tip: Here you’ll likely have to determine the relationship between two things and then apply that relationship to one or two other things.

Example: Say that in the passage a physicist criticizes the work of a painter. The “relationship” here is one person criticizing something outside his/her field. An question SAT might ask:

Which of the following would be analogous to that situation?

a. a mother criticizing her child’s choice of clothing
b. a farmer telling a sailor about his fear of an impending drought
c. a circus artist taking issue with the research methods of a psychologist


The answer is C. The key here is to determine the initial relationship (the one mentioned in the passage) first and then look at the answer choices.


  • Which of the following, if true, would most directly prove/disprove/affirm/undermine/ support X in the passage?
  • Which best describes/characterizes the relationship between X and Y?
  • Which of the following situations is most analogous to X situation in the passage?


6. Compare

What this question is usually asking: How is A related to--or different from--B?

Tip: Again, look at the passage first to determine the relationship. Then look at the answers. Notice I’m repeating that. Why? It’s important.


  • Both passages agree on which of the following points?
  • The author of Passage 1 would most likely assert with of the following about 2?
  • Compared to Passage 1’s tone, Passage 2’s tone is 


7. Tone

What this question is usually asking: What’s the attitude/feel/vibe of the passage or selection?

Tip: First ask yourself “Is the tone negative, positive, neutral or ambivalent? Then ask, “How strong 1-10?” Usually you can cross off 3-4 answers just by doing that.


  • The author’s tone in X is best described as
  • The author’s attitude toward X might best be described as
  • The mood of X is best described/characterized as 


8. Vocab in context

What this question is usually asking: What does this word mean as it is used here?

Tip: It’s probably not a weird word. It’s probably a word that you know being used in a way you mightnot know.

Tip 2: So you’ll probably cross out the obvious definition. (Examples: If the word is “striking” chances are you’ll cross out “hitting,” in favor of something more like “noticeable.” If the word is “staple,” chances are you’ll cross out “thin metal wire,” in favor of something more like “primary” or “standard,” as in “staple crop.”)


  • The word “X” most nearly means
  • In context, the word “X” is best understood to mean
  • In line X, the word Y most nearly means


Written by Ethan Sawyer – Ethan is a writer, teacher, speaker, college essay specialist, and voice actor. He has worked at Elite since 2003 is also the coordinator for the Elite Community Scholars Program, a program very close to his heart. You can email him at ethan.sawyer@eliteprep.com. The views expressed in this blog post are Ethan's and don't necessarily reflect those of Elite Educational Institute.

Posted on May 6, 2014 and filed under Resources.