South Austin English

South Austin English

  • Essentials in Writing is moving to the South Austin! Your child will have the opportunity to learn from Matthew Stephens, owner and author of Essentials in Writing, one of Cathy Duffy’s Top 102 Picks!


    Grades 9-11 Writing and Literary Analysis

    Grade Level Writing (expository, descriptive, persuasive, compare/contrast) – Students will study and improve sentence structure and use the writing process to compose paragraphs, essays, and a research paper.

    Grade Level Literary Analysis – Students will read and analyze elements of fiction and nonfiction in short works and a novel as well as poetry/figurative language.

    Grades 7-8 Writing

    Grade Level Writing (expository, descriptive, persuasive, compare/contrast) – Students will study and improve sentence structure and use the writing process to compose paragraphs, narratives, business letters, essays, and a research paper.



    First Day/Orientation: August 14-15

    Thanksgiving Break: November 19-22

    Christmas Break: December 16 – January 3

    Spring Break: March 16-20

    Last day: May 13-14

    Grades 9-11 (Thursday 11-12:20)

    Grades 7-8 (Wednesday 12:30-1:30)


    • Students will be provided with our daily, video-based curriculum but will meet once a week for a 60-90 minute class with their teacher, Matthew Stephens, and other students.
    • Students will participate in peer review, teacher-led instruction, and activities with verbal and written feedback.
    • All assignments will be graded.
    • Curriculum will be handed out on the first day of class/orientation.


    Tuition is $50 charged monthly on the 15th of each month, from August 15th through April 15th. You will enter your payment information when you enroll. Tuition fees are non-refundable. All curriculum is included.

    Classes will be held in our classroom located in South Austin at:

    9811 S IH 35 in Austin, TX


    Matthew Stephens holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with emphasis and certification in middle school and high school English as well as a Masters Degree in Education Administration as a Principal.

    In December 2019 he will graduate with a Master of Music: Choral Conducting.


We began using Essentials in Writing when my oldest daughter was in sixth grade. She continued to use it all the way through her tenth grade year, and then in eleventh grade she started an online PSEO College Research and Writing class. She was very nervous until she saw the syllabus and realized that it was exactly what she had been doing all along in Essentials in Writing.

In fact, she found the college class to be easier than high school!

Before this, we had used several other writing programs, but Essentials in Writing was so straight forward and easy to understand that she finally quit complaining about writing and even learned to enjoy it.

All the years of practicing writing different types of essays, learning how to organize her thoughts and outline her papers, and the step-by-step guidance of the revision process, really gave her the confidence to not only do well in her college class, but to earn an overall score of 99%.

This is a complete testament to the effectiveness of Essentials in Writing since this is what she has used from the beginning, and we will absolutely continue to use it with our other children.

-Dawn (April 2019)

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