Upper School | Grades 9—12
Summer Studies

Study Skills

Sierra Canyon School offers a summer Study Skills class to all entering 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students to prepare for the transition to the Upper Campus. This course is designed to focus on the fundamental study skills required throughout the Sierra Canyon curriculum, but most specifically in reading and writing.

  • 7th Grade: July 22nd - July 26th
  • 8th Grade: July 30th – August 2nd
  • 9th Grade: August 5th – August 9th 
  • 7th Grade: August 12th – August 16th
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. each day
Course Cost:
This class introduces, reinforces, and helps develop the necessary academic habits and abilities that students are expected to have entering the Middle and Upper School. These skills include:

  • Effective Reading and Writing Strategies
  • Time-Management
  • Study Strategies for Tests and Quizzes
  • Managing Calendars and the School Planner
  • Setting Up and Maintaining a Notebook
  • Note-Taking
  • Metacognition – Awareness of One’s Own Learning
  • Outlining, and Chunking of Information
  • Annotating and Marginal Notes
  • Paraphrasing and Synthesis of Ideas
  • Vocabulary Building
In addition, students will be assigned their required summer reading for their grade level. (These titles will be shared in July.) This class will help students get ahead as the first English unit of the academic year concerns this reading.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tom Keller, Director of Studies, at or at (818) 882-8121, ext 304.
Lower School: 11052 Independence Avenue
Middle and Upper School: 20801 Rinaldi Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311  | 818.882.8121
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.