Hours

The Writing Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m.

Mission

The Centennial High School Writing Center's mission is to support students of all ability levels and cultural backgrounds in the writing process to clarify their thinking, to communicate, and to create. Whether a student requires support in composing an assigned written response to a content-specific text or simply seeks the feedback of a supportive reader, we will offer support for all student writers.

Philosophy

The Centennial High School Writing Center's philosophy is that one on one peer conversations provide enrichment alongside focused support in literacy across the curriculum, guided by 21st Century skills (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication). 

What to expect from a session

Students will sit down next to a writing tutor and discuss the writing assignment.

Students will then be asked to outline some of their concerns.

If at a drafting stage, students will read their writing out loud to the tutor.

The tutor will guide students through the revision process by addressing several aspects of the writing.

Toward the end of the session, the tutor will address any remaining questions. The writer will leave with a concrete plan.

What NOT to expect from a session

At no point will a tutor write on a student's paper or re-write any aspect of the essay. The tutor will make suggestions to the writer and also recommend the writer record those suggestions so they are easier to remember.

Addressing every possible problem.

The tutor will address the concerns voiced by the writer. If no concerns are voiced, the tutor is trained to start with higher order concerns (ideas, organization, clarity, etc.) and then move into lower order concerns (mechanics, punctuation, format, etc.).

An automatic "A".

The tutor is there to aid the student with their writing, not turn ever paper into perfection.