Nailing Ninth Grade (Summer)

Nailing Ninth Grade


Two Separate, Identical Sessions: Workshop A (July) | Workshop B (August) | Orinda Academy

Nailing Ninth Grade prepares students and parents for the transition from middle school to high school, including what to do and what not to do and how to handle increased work loads and work more independently.

Students Should Take This Workshop If They . . .
  • Are transitioning from 8th grade to high school
  • Struggle to use their time effectively
  • Have trouble identifying when to advocate for themselves
  • Lack the academic skills needed to be successful in high school, such as note taking and study strategies
  • Have problems tracking and turning in work
  • Are ready to become more independent and responsible in managing their academics and their time.
Nailing Ninth Grade Teaches Students To . . .
  • Develop independence and autonomy in their academic success
  • Tailor their study approaches to fit their learning styles
  • Take notes effectively, from text and lecture
  • Shoulder the heavier course load
  • Plan complex projects
  • Communicate effectively and advocate for themselves
  • Prepare for finals.

Enrolling in Nailing Ninth also includes ONE of following free bonuses (of your choice) to be used in the 2024/2025 school year.

  • 15% off another SOS4Students Workshop
  • 30-minute 1-1 parent coaching session with SOS4Students Director Beth Samuelson (normally $175)
  • 50-minute 1-1 student coaching session with and SOS4Students Coach, excluding Beth Samuelson (normally $185).
Workshops Led by Expert Coaches
  • All coaches have extensive experience with high school students.
  • Coaches are empathetic and skilled with teaching students of all abilities.
  • Participants gain continued access to Google Classroom for additional resources.
  • Attendees learn SOS4Students’ acclaimed executive function skills and study strategies.
What People Are Saying

“Nailing Ninth made all the difference for my son’s move to high school. The transition was much more relaxed than he expected. I’ve felt confident allowing him to manage his schoolwork as a result and he’s done great!” (Julie, Parent)

“[Our daughter] worked very hard and has learned a lot about how she learns and how she needs to study in order for her test scores to more accurately reflect what she knows. Thank you and SOS for your part in the heavy lifting that helped to bring us here.” (Amy Shutkin)


Nailing Ninth Grade is offered in two SEPARATE, identical sessions: Workshop A and Workshop B.

Workshop A (July)

  • Intensive: Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25, 2024, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm PT
  • Online Enrollment Closes: 5:00 pm PT, Tuesday, July 23, 2024
  • Follow-Up: Saturday, September 14, 2024, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm PT
  • Orinda Academy Campus (19 Altarinda Rd, Orinda, CA 94563)
  • Parent Webinar: TBD

Workshop B (August)

  • Intensive: Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, 2024, from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm PT
  • Online Enrollment Closes: 5:00 pm PT, Thursday, August 1, 2024
  • Follow-Up: Saturday, September 14, 2024, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm PT
  • Orinda Academy Campus (19 Altarinda Rd, Orinda, CA 94563)
  • Parent Webinar: TBD
  • Saturday, December 7, 2024, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm -or- 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • For students on a trimester system, please contact SOS4Students for the November date.
  • $1,070

Sign-Up Workshop A (JULY) ›
Sign-Up Workshop B (AUGUST) ›

  • Interested in signing up for multiple workshops?
  • Have more than one student you want to enroll?

Fill out our simple multiple workshop/student enrollment form to create your own workshop bundle and save on enrollment fees: 10% off two workshops and 15% off on three or more workshops.
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Private Workshops

With 30-days’ notice. SOS4Students can create a private workshop for small groups of students who are friends/classmates (minimum group size is four). This is ideal if your students can’t attend one of our scheduled workshops on the dates scheduled. Private summer workshops are help Monday through Friday. Contact us at for more information and pricing.

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