FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions or send us a message.

 

How is Writing Symphony different from other enrichment programs?

Our program is unique in that it uses a step-by-step system to teach writing that is typically not taught in a traditional English Language Arts class. Our comprehensive writing curriculum integrates grammar, vocabulary, stylistic techniques and structure. Students of all backgrounds and abilities have been so successful with this approach to writing because of its systemic nature. Students are given simple, easy to use checklists and word banks to help them gradually incorporate advanced writing techniques. Similarly, our reading program follows a proven system that features 20 weekly reading strategies and quantitative diagnostic testing to show student progress.


Which level should I enroll my student in?

If your student is new to Writing Symphony, we recommend enrolling in our Level 1 class for either the Largo (Grades 3-4), Echo (Grades 5-6) or Allegro (Grades 7-8) series. Because we use a unique teaching methodology that isn’t offered in mainstream English Language Arts classes, it’s important that your student begin with Level 1. Students are initially placed into each class based on their grade-level and familiarity with the Writing Symphony methodology. In some cases, students may take a placement test to determine whether they are ready to move up to the next level.

Our instructors will always recommend that your student build a strong foundation at first rather than move too quickly. Mastery of core concepts is critical to our methodology and why our students produce such clear results. If you feel your student is not sufficiently challenged after the first class, our instructors will be happy to discuss an alternative placement.


My STUDENT can’t attend class this week. Do you offer make-up classes?

If your child misses class, our staff will be happy to e-mail you the materials and homework covered in that week’s class. On some occasions, you may be able to send your child to attend another class time, however we cannot guarantee this. Please contact our staff directly if your child is unable attend class at support@writingsymphony.com.


How much homework should my student expect each week?

Homework varies between each class. Students can expect a weekly homework assignment that should take between 30-60 minutes to complete. For our writing classes, students will be given a written assignment and grammar worksheet each week. We encourage you to speak with your student’s instructor if you have any questions regarding class assignments.


What is the difference between Your online and in-person classes?

Our online writing programs offer the same expert instruction and learning outcomes as our in-person classes. The class structure and content is the same, however our online courses are taught in a virtual space and are limited to small groups of four students. Our online classroom allows for an engaging, high-energy learning experience in which students can interact with their instructor and peers through live video conferencing and text chat. Families with busy schedules or who cannot attend our in-person class locations benefit from the added flexibility and convenience of learning from home.


Can I try out your programs before I purchase a 12-week course?

We always welcome students and parents to participate in a trial class before registering for the complete 12-week course. If you would like to participate in a trial class before registering for a complete course, you may register for the first class to get a feel for our methodology and your instructor’s teaching style. Please note that signing up for a trial class does not guarantee you a spot in the course, which may sell out before the first session takes place. We always recommend signing up and paying for the full course in advance to secure your spot.


What materials should my student bring to class?

We give out LOTS of helpful handouts and worksheets in class. Please help your student stay organized by sending them to class with the following:

  • Pencil or pen

  • 3-ring binder, 1.5 inches (clear cover recommended)

  • 4 dividers with tabs

  • 1 composition notebook

  • Lined, loose-leaf notebook paper


My student is an English Language Learner. Is this program the right fit?

While our programs are a great option for ESL/ELL students, we will typically adjust the curriculum to focus on grammar, reading comprehension and vocabulary-building. Please let a staff member know if your student is an English Language Learner and we will be happy to place them in a class that best meets their needs.


What is YOUR instructor to student ratio?

Each Writing Symphony class is capped at 6 students per instructor. We believe that small class sizes maximize learning outcomes and personalize your child’s learning experience. *Please note that classes with Ms. MJ may exceed this limit to accommodate her existing students.


Do you offer 1-on-1 tutoring?

We do not offer individual tutoring, only small group classes. We believe students learn best when they listen to and give feedback on their peers’ writing. Students will share their writing during every class, which allows them to hear how their peers apply stylistic writing techniques using the same set of basic information, also known as a Source Text.


What is your policy in the event of snow or inclement weather? Where will you post information? 

In the event of school closures or delays due to inclement weather, Writing Symphony will post information to our website and communicate with parents directly when classes are cancelled. In most cases, if the Bellevue and Lake Washington School Districts are closed, we will also cancel classes for that day to ensure the safety of our staff and students. 

If your child's school district has closed due to inclement weather, please check our website for information on class cancellations or contact us at info@writingsymphony.com


Will you have classes during school holidays and breaks?

All of our trimester start and end dates as well as our holiday schedules can be found on the calendar below.

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