Basic Information

  • For rising Burke’s eighth graders only! 
  • A five-day comprehensive SSAT course from June 13 to June 17 
  • Morning Session from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. or Afternoon Session from 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Size limit: 17 each session

About the Program

In the week-long comprehensive prep program, students will be familiarized with the overall content and structure of the SSAT, evaluate which sections are sequenced by level of difficulty, focus on refining "core skills" for each subject in a problem solving context and learn test taking strategies that are designed to promote efficiency and reduce stress. The overall goal is to enable the student to enter the test feeling confident and relaxed through preparation and exposure. At the end of the program, practice test results will be sent to each household with a customized “summer” action plan.

Class Syllabus

List of 5 items.

  • Class One

    • Test Structure and Format
    • When to Guess
    • Time Management
    • Reducing Anxiety
    • Practice Essay Writing Portion
  • Class Two

    • Review Essay Portion
    • Core Mathematic Skills—What are they asking?
    • When Algebra and Geometry are Combined
    • Substitution Technique
  • Class Three

    • Math Problems—Evaluating Key Action Words
    • Reading Strategies—Focusing on the “Facts”
  • Class Four

    • Verbal—Deciphering the Analogy
    • Vocabulary—Methods to learn new words
  • Class Five

    • Timed Exam
    • Evaluation of Exam
In order to receive a full refund on any summer class or camp, cancellations must be received no later than 24 hours before the class or camp starts.

About the Instructor

Ron Shalita, a seasoned SSAT teacher, will be presenting this class for the fifth year at Burke’s. His SSAT classes are engaging and require active student participation. Mr. Shalita has an extensive background and experience in one to one private tutoring for the SSAT and is expert in understanding the nuances of the test. Ron is available to answer any questions about the class and can be reached at 415-425-6705 or shalitaron@gmail.com.
Financial assistance is available for students receiving tuition assistance at Burke's. Please contact Jerry Mullaney for more information.
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

Katherine Delmar Burke School

An independent K–8 school for girls
7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
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