Scholars (Grades 9-12)

Save the Dates: D-E 360° Summer Connections 2018 is now confirmed for June 25 – August 3, 2018! We are still confirming 2018 course details and preparing our print catalog. For now you can view last year’s program details here for a sense of our offerings and/or click here to download our 2017 print catalog (PDF).

The Scholars Program offers students in grades 9 – 12 a more intense academic option. The offerings in this program are mostly credit bearing and can be taken in place of courses during the academic year. Other courses can be taken to build the skills and confidence necessary for students to succeed in advanced courses the following year. Through D-E 360° Summer Connections (SC), we help you get ready for the rigorous subjects you plan to take in the future, be it during high school or college. A number of students who register for scholars courses use the summer as an opportunity to build a bridge/review for AP classes and SAT Subject Tests.

For additional math, writing or English courses for grades 5-9, please see our D-E 360° SC Academic Enrichment Program offerings.

Scholars courses may also be combined with any number of the weekly elective sports enrichment or athletic camps offered through D-E 360° SC Enrichment Program give students the opportunity to have variety of experiences over the course of their time with us.  

Upper/High School Students:

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Scholars Advancement Courses

Advancement Courses are intense and enable a student to complete a full year’s work in a few weeks. Students wishing to accelerate their studies may apply for credit to fulfill graduation requirements or may use the course to fulfill prerequisites for more advanced courses. Students may only take one course for advancement and should expect to do two to four hours of homework daily. Evaluations consist of the letter grades A, B, C, D and F. Interim grades and comments will be mailed on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Final grades and comments will be mailed on Friday, August 11.

No credit will be granted to a student who is absent more than three days for any reason. Repeated tardiness will result in the loss of academic credit and/or a lower grade. The Independence Day holiday will be observed on Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, 2017. No classes will be held on these two days to celebrate the national holiday. Since the teachers are able to adjust their lessons to deliver the same experience in that week as any other week, the prices are not adjusted. The fee is based on the course offering and not a per diem cost. Note that the second week of class will begin on Wednesday, July 5.


D-E 360° and CATES Tutoring have partnered to offer CATES ACT 36, a new and dynamic test preparation course for students taking the ACT and SAT. This course acts as a 60-hour, two-part preparation experience for students looking to take the ACT as early as the fall of 2017. Part I, ACT Introduction, outlines the foundational components of the test, including the most frequently occurring concepts and key strategies for target scoring and timing, for students new to testing. Part II, ACT Advanced, provides more in-depth content instruction, high-level tactics based on different types of questions, and strategies for optimal test-taking performance, for more advanced students in need of more expert assistance to realize his or her potential. Depending on their needs, students have the option to enroll in the full, two-part ACT 36 course or in just one of the two parts. Each part includes 20 hours of small-group instruction, plus 3 Sunday mock tests that simulate real testing conditions, along with nightly exercises. While the ACT 36 is primarily designed to provide instruction and insight necessary to maximize a student’s ACT score, much of the course content is relevant and transferable to other standardized tests, including the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test and the Math & Literature SAT Subject Tests.

About Chris Ajemian

Chris Ajemian, Founder & CEO of CATES Tutoring, is an innovator in standardized test preparation with almost 20 years of experience supporting students in the NYC area and overseas. He has used his creativity and his unique understanding of the nuances and psychology of the testing process to design cutting-edge prep programming for the ACT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP exams, and TOEFL for high-profile educational institutions such as The US-UK Fulbright Commission, Dun & Bradstreet, Harlem RBI, Millburn High School, and Poly Prep Country Day School, among others. Chris was the chief designer of the testing preparation platform for the renowned Sutton Trust US Program, which serves under-resourced youth in the UK. In the last 5 years, Sutton Trust students have earned top percentile test scores and acceptance to the top 25 schools in the US, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, and MIT, and accessed more than $40M in financial aid. Chris was also recently selected to design and run the test preparation platform for Yale University’s new Young African Scholars Program, a pan-continental endeavor which provides 300 African students from more than 30 countries with access to SAT and ACT support via digital, video, and SMS platforms. Chris recently received the inaugural “Artist in Industry” award given by the Obie-winning Chocolate Factory Theater in NYC and can be seen as a featured expert in the upcoming SAT documentary, The Test and the Art of Thinking, by Canobie Films.

Confirmed Summer 2018 Scholars Courses & Programs Descriptions