Elite Vocabulary Audio – Week 3

Here's the third installment of this summer's vocab words. These are words #251-500, plus definitions and example sentences from our brand new 2015 Summer Boot Camp vocabulary list.

If you're a part of an Elite summer program, this audio matches your vocab flashcards. We'll be releasing all 2000 words over the course of the summer.

To hear all our most recent vocabulary audio, go to eliteprep.com/vocab.
To hear last year's vocab, go to eliteprep.com/vocab2014.

Happy listening!

Posted on June 28, 2015 .

Elite of San Diego-Carmel Valley is Moving (and Has a New Name)!

On Monday, June 29, Elite of San Diego-Carmel Valley will be moving to a new location and will be known as Elite of San Diego-Pacific Highlands!

Our new address is:
Elite of San Diego - Pacific Highlands
5965 Village Way, Suite E203
San Diego, CA 92130

We are located on the second floor, just above Urban Girl Accessories. Google Maps is still catching up with us. In the meantime, you can navigate to The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch, where we're located.

Posted on June 26, 2015 .

Elite Vocabulary Audio – Week 2

The second batch is here! Here are words #251-500, plus definitions and example sentences from our brand new 2015 Summer Boot Camp vocabulary list.

If you're a part of an Elite summer program, this audio matches your vocab flashcards. We'll be releasing all 2000 words over the course of the summer.

To hear all our most recent vocabulary audio, go to eliteprep.com/vocab.
To hear last year's vocab, go to eliteprep.com/vocab2014.

Happy listening!

Posted on June 22, 2015 .

Faculty Profile: Robert Nyenhuis | Elite of Fountain Valley

A seasoned globe traveler and mathematics instructor at Elite of Fountain Valley, Robert Nyenhuis talked to us from Bolivia where he was doing some research for his doctoral thesis. Don't worry, guys. He'll be back in time for summer classes.

Hi Rob! Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Where did you go to college?

Hmm...long story. I was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. I moved to Marshall, MO in high school, went to Mizzou for undergrad, lived in Spain for some time, and moved out to California to pursue a Ph.D at UC Irvine.

What exactly do you do at Elite and how long have you been doing it?

I teach the SAT Math and tutor high school math students during the school year. I'm currently in my fourth year at Elite.

So Bolivia, huh? What are you working on there?

I am in Bolivia conducting research on the country's 2014 presidential election. I'm interviewing journalists, academics, campaign strategists, politicians, and anyone who is interested in talking to me.

Most of your students are looking forward to college. What was the most useful college course you took?

I'm going to cheat and tell you about two of them. The first was a US History class: 1865 to the present. It was taught by an African-American professor (Carol Anderson, now at Emory) who emphasized not only critical thinking but also getting the big picture and understanding the causal story of events. The other was Politics and the Media. It was phenomenal. We learnt the nitty gritty of campaigns in US elections. In this class I met several friends who helped me land a job on a campaign for a Missouri senator after college. My advice is to use your college classes as opportunities to network with professors and classmates. Don't be shy!

Who was one of your most influential teachers and what made him or her special?

Mrs. Connor–high school Spanish. She didn't teach just grammar and vocabulary, but also culture. I fell in love with Latin America in her classes, and here I am in La Paz, Bolivia, after some time in Chile.

Everbody's got a superpower. What's yours?

Making the hours before I go to bed disappear.

Favorite palindrome?

"Was it a car or cat I saw?"

What's some advice you'd give to your high school self?

High school Robert was a decent guy. :) Take the ACT/SAT again! Also, apply to out-of-state schools, out of your comfort zone.

What's your number one study tip?

Preparation. Preparing for any test is like preparing for a marathon. Plan out far in advance, set goals, then work diligently to meet these goals. But, be realistic. I'll leave you with a quote from Benjamin Franklin: "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail."

Posted on June 16, 2015 .

Meet the 2015 Elite SoCal Students of the Year!

Each year, Elite USA awards scholarships to a few of our students who most notably demonstrate the qualities we're committed to: a sincere passion for learning, an exceptional work ethic, and a outstanding attitude.

On June 6, Southern California Elite students and staff assembled at the Elite Teacher Convocation 2015 to celebrate the successes of the past year and recognize the efforts and achievements of this year's outstanding Branch Scholars. Congratulations to all our 2015 Southern California Students of the Year!


Jacob Azoulay

Jacob is a graduate of Ocean View High School and attended Elite of Irvine-Newport Beach. He looks forward to starting at Columbia University, where he'll be majoring in Business.


Ju Yeon Han

Ju Yeon attended Valencia High School and was will be attending UC Berkeley, where she'll study Math and Physical Science. Ju Yeon is this year’s Elite of Fullerton Student of the Year.


Sawa Keymeulen

Sawa attended Elite of Arcadia and La Canada High School. She will be heading to Palo Alto to attend Stanford University, where she'll be studying Biology.


Tae Jin Kim

Tae Jin attended Elite of San Diego-Rancho Bernardo and is a graduate of Del Norte High School. He looks forward to studying Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University this year.


Joseph Ko

Joseph attended Elite of Northridge and is a graduate of Santa Susana High School. He will be heading to UC San Diego to major in Math & Economics.


Peter Liu

Peter graduated from the New Open World Academy and attended Elite of Los Angeles. This fall, he will be heading to Harvard University and studying Political Science.


Diana Martinez

Diana is a graduate of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, where she was a member of the Elite Community Scholars Program. Diana will be studying Environmental Science at Humboldt State University this fall.


Hanad Musa

Hanad attended Tustin High School and is this year's Student of the Year from Elite of Irvine-Northwood. He looks forward to attending UCLA in the fall.


Debbie Park

Debbie attended Torrance High School and was will be attending Harvard University, where she'll study Government. She is this year’s Elite of Torrance Student of the Year.


Neal Patel

Neal attended Troy High School and is Elite of Rowland Heights’ 2015 Student of the Year. He will be starting at Stanford University this fall.


Anna Resnick

Anna attended Whitney High School and is Elite of Cerritos’ 2015 Student of the Year. She will be starting at Caltech this year.


Verdinand B. Ruelos

Verdinand attended Canyon High School and is this year's Student of the Year from Elite of Anaheim Hills. He looks forward to attending USC in the fall, where he'll be studying Neuroscience.


Taryn Sampaga

Taryn attended Aliso Niguel High School and is Elite of Laguna Hills’ 2015 Student of the Year. She will be starting at USC this year.


Lorel Sim

Lorel attended Elite of San Diego and West Ranch High School. She will be a freshman at Stanford University this fall.


Daishi Tanaka

Daishi attended Panorama High School and Elite's Community Scholars Program there. He'll be attending Harvard University and majoring in Political Science starting this fall.

Posted on June 15, 2015 .

Elite Vocabulary Audio – Week 1

Here they are: the first 250 words, definitions, and example sentences from our brand new 2015 Summer Boot Camp vocabulary list! If you're a part of an Elite summer program, this audio matches your vocab flashcards. We'll be releasing all 2000 words over the course of the summer.

To hear all our most recent vocabulary audio, go to eliteprep.com/vocab.
To hear last year's vocab, go to eliteprep.com/vocab2014.

Happy listening!

Posted on June 15, 2015 .

The Sky's the Limit with Elite Summer Boot Camp

You set your goals. We'll help you reach them.

This summer, the sky's the limit!

Summer is the perfect time to prepare for the SAT and get a head start on your college prep. And Elite has a variety of programs, schedules, and locations to give you the flexibilty to select the program that best meets your needs. Summer classes start in June – contact your local branch today to schedule a free diagnostic test and consultation and find out which program is right for you!*

Summer Session programs include:

SAT Boot Camp

Elite's famous SAT Boot Camp is a rigorous program designed for high school students who want to commit a significant portion of their summer to raising their SAT scores. Students take a 3.5 hour practice test every Monday and attend class and test review Tuesday through Friday.* Classes focus on key test content – Critical Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, Writing, and Math skills – everything necessary to perform your best on the SAT. 

SAT Essentials

Our SAT Essentials weekday and weekend programs feature our proven curriculum, while offering a more streamlined approach to SAT prep and a less intensive schedule.

PSAT Boot Camp / PSAT Essentials

The Elite PSAT Program is designed for students in 9th and 10th grade who want to get a head start on preparing for the PSAT and SAT. PSAT Boot Camp offers a set of three interlocking classes (Critical Reading, Writing and a Math class previewing Algebra II) taught at a pace better suited to younger students.

AP/Honors Preview

Elite's AP Preview courses are designed to prepare students for the challenging coursework they will face in the upcoming school year by giving them a head start during the summer months.

ReadiPrep™ English and Math

Aimed at students in grades 5-9, ReadiPrep™ English focuses on developing students’ critical reading and thinking skills through an interconnected course of study involving reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar studies, persuasive writing, and test skill development. ReadiPrep™ Math provides students with a preview of the math coursework they can expect to study during the school year.  With this head start in English and Math, students will have strong foundation to build upon as they enter their fall semesters.

College Essay Workshops

Learn how to write unique, memorable, and powerful personal statements and supplemental essays! Teachers meet with students individually to brainstorm, outline, proofread, critique, and revise multiple drafts until they have polished and compelling essays. In addition, students receive a step-by-step college admission consultation including assistance with college selection, major selection, and resume preparation.

*Classes and schedules vary by branch. Check your branch's summer session schedule for details.

 
Posted on May 15, 2015 .

Congratulations to Shanghai Student Hannah S. – Accepted to Harvard, Yale & Princeton!

Congratulations to Hannah S., Elite China’s first student back in 2012, the first Chinese student in history to be accepted to Harvard, Yale, AND Princeton. We are so very proud of her hard work with us for the past four years.

This summer, Elite China offers the same American highest-quality academic preparation and counseling services for all students in grades 3 to 12 at our two Shanghai locations:

Pudong: No.1789 Yunshan Road;021-60293805
Xuhui: No.406-1 West Jianguo Road; 021-61945586

Contact your closest campus for more information or visit www.eliteprep.cn

Posted on May 13, 2015 .