Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader

Reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a student does well at school than their social or economic background. What's more, programs are most effective when introduced earlier — to be a good reader, all you need to do is practice. To be a good writer, be a good reader. 

In Principia's Reading + Writing Class, we empower our students to take control over how they read. Our lessons include elements of reading, writing, vocabulary, and public speaking. Throughout the class, students engage with several different texts (fiction, nonfiction, verse) through independent reading and guided analysis. 

Our activities aim to foster a love of writing, and our lessons target specific reading comprehension and analytic skills. In creative exercises, we encourage our students to tell the stories they want to tell. Students spend time not just writing, but also critiquing, revising, and reflecting on their writing with instructed guidance.  


Why Learn From Us?

We're obsessed with developing reading and writing skills in our students. (That's why we have master's degrees in writing!) Here's what we cover:



Master the building blocks: grammar, vocabulary, + syntax


Dig deeper, read between
the lines, and develop original insights


Study modern + classic writers who serve as structural models and inspiration across genres


Reading & Writing Programs


While we mostly focus on private tutoring — it’s by far the most effective and time efficient method — we also custom-create small classes based on grade and skill level. To learn more about our School Year and Summer Reading + Writing programs, please contact us via phone or email — we’d be happy to discuss options!

Here are some upcoming options available this summer (all private tutoring or 6-students max)

  • AP Literature (Summer)

  • AP English Language (Summer)

  • Academic Essay Writing (Summer)

  • Creative Writing (Summer)

  • Writing Competitions (Summer)

  • Elementary Reading Comprehension + Writing (Summer)

  • Middle Reading Comprehension + Writing (Summer)

  • High School Reading Comprehension + Writing (Summer)

  • Research Writing Competitions (Summer)

Check out our recent Writing Contest winners!



1984 by George Orwell
To Kill a Mockingbirg by Harper Lee
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Moby Dick by Herman Meville
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Emma by Jane Austen
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Scat by Carl Hiaasen
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky
The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Thank you so much — my daughter realized she likes writing because of this class.
— Miryam, Mclean, VA
My student loves the instructors and the environment. She actually wants to go to class!
— Sam K.
My son told me that, for the first time, he finally understood how to write a paper because of you.
— Ashley K., TJ Parent

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