Darien Summer School & Enrichment

Writing the College Essay

For students entering grades 11-12  


This course is designed to help upperclassmen prepare for their college essays, an increasingly important part of the application process. During the sessions, students will read sample essays, prepare for their college essays, learn about what admissions officers value in personal statements, and brainstorm topics that will help them stand out in a crowded field of applicants. In class, students will also have time to workshop their ideas and conference with their teacher. By the end of the course, they should leave with a draft of the personal statement that they can use for their applications. Students are asked to bring their own laptop or tablet.

Class size is limited so enroll soon!

Course options include: 

Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30: 8am-10am

Monday, June 26 through Friday, June 30: 10am-12pm 

Monday, July 17 AND Wednesday, July 19:  8:30am-12pm  (In addition, optional individual Zoom meetings are available on Friday, July 21)


Writing the College Essay (LA230A)
Sessions:  5
Dates:  6/26/2023 to 6/30/2023
Meeting Times: 
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location:  Darien High School A222
Instructor: Kaitlin Stanton
Grades:  11, 12
Fees:  $349.00 (Class Fee)
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