New Elite Branch in Burnaby, BC

Elite is proud to announce the opening of our newest branch in the City of Burnaby, British Columbia!

Located near the Metrotown shopping center, Elite's Burnaby campus offers a full range of programs including SAT & SAT Subject Test prep, ReadiPrep, AP& IB prep, Provincial Exam prep, Reading & Writing, Speech & Debate.

Do you live in the Burnaby, BC area, and are you ready to give your grades and test scores a serious boost? Contact Elite Burnaby to schedule your free diagnostic test and consultation!

Elite Burnaby Campus
#112 – 5021 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5H 4A5

(604) 559-1269
burnaby@eliteprep.ca

Visit Elite Canada's website at eliteprep.ca

Posted on October 14, 2014 .

Here's What Happened at the Elite Vision Expo 2014

This August, the Elite Vision Expo drew more than 3,000 Elite students and parents to Fullerton, California for the fourth consecutive year to be inspired and informed about college admissions, financial aid, college majors, and future careers!

This year's Expo events included a keynote address from Michael Franzese, college seminars, college and volunteer booths, an incredible student talent show and quiz bowl, and alumni workshops featuring graduates from Amherst College, Claremont McKenna, Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Northwestern, Pomona College, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, USC, and Yale.

Elite's annual Vision Expo is open to enrolled Elite students and their parents. We would love to see you at next year's event, scheduled for August 2015!

Posted on October 13, 2014 .

What's Up With Early Action & Early Decision?

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About Early Admission Programs

Many colleges offer early admission programs that let students apply earlier in the year than usual (usually in November or December) and get a decision from the college earlier as well (usually sometime in late December).

Early admission is beneficial for colleges because it gives them an earlier idea of what kind of students are applying. With that information, the colleges can admit and actively recruit the students they really want.

Early admission can be good for students because it allows them to express their sincere interest in a school. Colleges like it when they’re your first choice because then they don’t have to worry about you choosing another school later in the year and leaving them with an empty dorm room.

There are two types of Early Admission programs:

Early Action and Early Decision.

What is EARLY ACTION?

  • Early Action is nonbinding. This means that you can (in most cases) apply Early Action to more than one college and receive an early admission decision, but you do not have to accept an offer of admission any earlier than usual (May 1, in most cases).
  • Here’s why Early Action is helpful for students: If you don’t get into your Early Action schools, you can broaden your list of colleges to apply to via Regular Decision; if you do get in to your Early Action schools, you can narrow your choices down.
  • Really, the only potential negative aspect of applying Early Action is that the schools will have to judge you based on your grades and activities to date. If you’re working to improve your grades or beef up your list of extracurricular activities, you may want to give yourself the extra few weeks and apply Regular Decision.

What is EARLY DECISION?

  • Early Decision is binding, which means that you’re making a commitment to enroll at the college if you’re admitted. Once you are admitted after applying Early Decision, you must withdraw your other college applications or stop applying anywhere else.
  • So what happens if you decide not to go to a school you were accepted to via Early Decision? Well, you probably won’t be sued by the college or hauled there by the authorities against your will. However, the other schools you applied to may be contacted by the Early Decision school, and it’s possible that those schools will rescind their offers of admission. In short, it's a serious matter and you should not apply Early Decision unless you're very serious about attending a particular school.
  • Generally speaking, applying Early Decision is a good idea for the students who have researched colleges very thoroughly and have found the perfect school for them.

Will applying early help my chances for admission?

  • Applying early (especially Early Decision) can improve your chances of being accepted into a particular school since the college will know you’re a “sure thing.”
  • Don’t apply Early Decision unless you’re totally sure about making a commitment to that school. If you’re accepted Early Decision, you must enroll.
  • Each school has different policies regarding Early Action and Early Admission. Be sure to read them very carefully before submitting your application.
Posted on October 3, 2014 .

Elite Power Speech & Debate Starts This Fall

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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!

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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
lagunahills@eliteprep.com

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!
 

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.


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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 .