9-10th Grade Advanced Critical Reading/Writing, Pre-AP English

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The Critical Reading & Writing, Pre-AP English course is an intensive,  advanced reading and intensive writing skill-based class designed to enable students to excel on standardized exams, such as PSAT, ACT, and future SAT English sections. Activities enhancing language skills will not only prepare them for these exams, but will also enable them to prepare academically for advanced high school courses, such as AP English, and future college writing assignments.

Many students achieved high scores in SAT, PSAT, ACT commented that the CRW (Critical Reading/Writing) class helped them a lot.  For the second semester, Pre/AP English materials will be included in this class to help students get ready for AP English Language. 


Instructor: Ms. Murphy

Contact:  (571) 354-7199; or [email protected] for any additional questions.

Instructor’s Bio: Ms. Murphy has over 38 years of experience as an AP English teacher in both public and private schools. She was honored to be on the NEW SAT revision committee (model curriculum design team), where she reviewed and participated in the redesign of the new SAT format and contents.

Ms. Murphy served as Department Chairperson of English in High Schools.  Most recently, she was the Instructional Leadership Specialist in English and content literacy. She was appointed to represent school district on the Model Curriculum Writing Project and was recognized as a top author of standards-based English curriculum, winning note from achieve.org, a nationally well-known Education Think Tank.

Ms. Murphy has used the newest version of Barron’s New SAT, Princeton Review for New SAT, and College Board New SAT in her lecturing and teaching.  For details, please click link: SAT Prep.

With her 38 years’ AP English teaching, and her in-depth New PSAT and New SAT knowledge in format, contents, and requirements, Ms. Murphy is highly respected and recognized by local parents and students. It is our privilege to have Ms. Murphy teach at Oakton Academy.

“感谢Oakton Academy 给孩子提供了一个进深提高的平台。孩子特别赞赏Ms. Murphy critical reading and writing class,老师严谨的教学态度,循序渐进的教学方法,使孩子在阅读和写作方面得到系统并针对性的训练,开阔了阅读的眼界和写作的思路,这些对孩子能取得SAT的理想成绩绝对打下了良好的基础。非常感谢 Ms. Murphy! ” – A note from a former junior’s parent 

“Thanks Oakton Academy for providing this effective and personalized class. My son told me that he received 1:1 review session from Ms. Murphy, and that helped him a lot in identifying his weakness and improvement area. Thank you! J. will continue the class next semester.”  – from a current parent (2020 fall semester) 

“Ms. Murphy’s one to one coaching and editing my writings in this class helped me greatly, I am very pleased to receive high scores in my other classes, such as World History.” – from a sophomore 

“I really enjoyed Ms. Murphy’s class. Her interaction with students, her unique teaching style, and the small size of the class helped me greatly in developing critical reading skills. I will not get the same quality of learning from a large size class at school.” – from a sophomore @ TJ

“Over the summer, I learned the process of writing from Ms. Murphy. It it helpful for me to incorporate the writing skills and strategy into my SAT prep.” – from a freshman @ Chantilly HS

A parent: “My son hardly likes English teachers. But he said he likes Ms. Murphy. He took Ms. Murphy’s PSAT/SAT camp in July, and decided to sign up for the Critical Reading and Writing class in the Fall.”  – a sophomore @ TJ

A parent: “My daughter chatted with me, that from China to USA, from elementary to high school, she said Ms. Murphy is her most favorite teacher…She has music competition this semester, she would like to sign for the Spring semester.” – a sophomore @ Langley HS

A parent: “Each time, John walked home, he would say, Ms. Murphy taught me something new today. We are happy to see him do the writing assignment every week from Ms. Murphy’s assignment, and he re-writes it to submit for teacher’s additional review.” – a parent from @ Oakton HS

“I learned how to start, organize, structure, and write a dissertation after three months’ training and learning in this Critical Reading & Writing Class. The final presentation is the highlight of what we learned throughout the semester. I would recommend Ms. Murphy to my friends.” – a freshman @ Woodson HS

“I received 1480 for my October PSAT test. I am so thrilled and would like to thank Ms. Murphy for all her help in my summer new PSAT/SAT camp. I am now aiming for a perfect score for SAT. Thank you Ms. Murphy for all your help! – a sophomore @ TJ

“I am a freshman at Oakton HS, and I was so honored to be selected by my teacher school to be the English tutor. I wanted to thank Ms. Murphy and Oakton Academy to provide the high quality English program. As a non-native speaker who just arrived at USA for about 2 years, I have improved my English language skills with great help from Ms. Murphy’s English Critical Reading & Writing class, as well as Coach Edmond’s Public Speaking class. Thank you!” – a freshman @ Oakton HS

“I am very impressed to watch the final presentation that the students delivered today. They deep dived to the “critical reading” and delivered their learning summary in such a confident way. Very good! My son will continue with the spring semester. Thank you! – a freshman’s parent