Main Line

An essay writing camp for rising high school seniors.

Write a stunning essay

JumpStart Main Line provides students with the support and resources to help them write an outstanding essay. We help students with idea generation and theme development.

Write your own essay

We won't write your essay for you, but we will help you make it sharp! We will help unleash your potential.


We help make the college essay writing process a stress-free and enjoyable learning experience. Each Zoom classroom has a 4:1 student-teacher ratio.

Draft and polish

We believe in process writing. Our model involves multiple one-on-one conferences for each student.


Our conferences go beyond copy-editing. Our feedback will push you to do the best work you can do.

Your Teachers

We are passionate teachers with years of experience.

Paul Wright

2011 Pennsylvania Teacher-of-the-Yr Finalist

27 years MS/HS Social Studies/Interdisciplinary

13 years writing/college-essay tutoring

Carl Rosin

2014 National Philosophy Teacher of the Year

23 years HS English/Interdisciplinary teacher

15 years writing/college-essay tutoring including 6+ years in RHS Writing Center


TJ Neary

21 years HS English/Interdisciplinary teacher (Radnor HS)

MA in Literature, 8 years teaching writing on the college level

10 years tutoring college-essay writers in RHS Writing Center


Adam Udell

23 years HS Social Studies teacher of Government and Philosophy (Octorara HS)

Adjunct professor

6 years as content specialist for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


Kaitlyn McCool

9 years HS English teacher (Haverford HS)

4 years working with college-essay writers

2 years teaching SAT prep


Some questions that students and parents ask frequently.

How will coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions affect JumpStart sessions?

We always prefer to work with JumpStart students face-to-face, but spring's "social distancing" rules will still be in effect when summer comes, so we have planned another way to make sure that you accomplish exactly what you hope to accomplish: writing the best essay you can.

We investigated and practiced using Zoom video (distance-learning) and are confident this will work well for this summer's students. The success of your essay remains our promise and our priority.

What work will be accomplished at JumpStart Main Line?

Students come to Zoom class on Monday with nothing. We take you through introductions on this type of writing, some examples, and idea-generation exercises, and then you write and conference, conference and write.

During in-person classes (since 2013), over 75% of our students leave on Thursday with the Common App essay completed. The remaining 25% were able to email with us until the end of July with questions and revisions. For the summer of 2020, we will do Zoom face-to-face plus conferencing for the first two days, then all conferencing -- mainly through shared on-line documents -- until the end of July, if necessary, to make sure the essay is done to your satisfaction.

We still expect that a student who focuses on their essay can have a complete, edited document ready by Thursday; if it takes a little longer, we will of course continue to work with you.

What if I am applying to a non-Common App college?

JumpStart’s teachers will work with you on a college essay of your choice – the Common App is simply the most...well, common. Well-named, as it turns out! Schools that do not use the Common App often require a personal statement or offer another prompt that is very similar to one of the Common App prompts. We have had students complete non-Common App essays every year, including those for the (relatively new) Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success.

What are the hours for the course?

Morning sessions start at 9:00 a.m.; evening sessions start at 4:30 p.m. Expect approximately 90 minutes on instruction and topic-generation exercises Monday, followed by individual conferences with each student; expect approximately 60 minutes on instruction and strategy on Tuesday, followed by individual conferences with each student; after that, one-on-one conferences will keep happening until the essay is done. This is an iterative process, so we expect several loops of writing, feedback, editing/writing, feedback, editing/writing, etc.

What are the dates for the course?

    SUMMER 2020: All scheduled sessions will be held in June and July. Students from all schools are welcome to attend!

  • June 15-18, 2020, morning (NEWLY ADDED! session 0): 9:00-11:30 a.m. for Zoom and conferencing ... only 12 seats
  • June 22-25, 2020, morning (session 1): 9:00-11:30 a.m. for Zoom and conferencing ... FULL as of 6/10/20
  • June 22-25, 2020, evening (session 2): 4:30-7:00 p.m. for Zoom and conferencing ... half-full as of 6/10/20
  • June 29-July 2, 2020, morning (session 3): 9:00-11:30 a.m. for Zoom and conferencing
  • June 29-July 2, 2020, evening (session 4): 4:30-7:00 p.m. for Zoom and conferencing
  • August 3-6, 2020, morning (session 7*): 9:00-11:30 a.m. for Zoom and conferencing ... FULL as of 7/26/20

  • (* The last session is "7" because we had to cancel the week of July 6-9 due to a scheduling conflict. We apologize if this interferes with your plans. Please contact us and we will work out something with you.)

Can't make one of our sessions? We'd still love to talk about options for working with you. Contact us for further information. The price for one-on-one tutoring is $650, to cover as many meetings as necessary for you to get to a complete Common App essay that satisfies you.

How large are the classes?

The student-teacher ratio is no greater than 4:1. At least two teachers (and maybe all five of us) will be present in any session, to make sure that each student receives feedback from multiple readers.

Does the course have one-on-one or group instruction?

Both! We open with group instruction for introduction, context, and idea-generation exercises, but even on Day 1 we meet one-on-one with each student. Day 2: some group instruction plus more one-on-one meetings. After that, it is all one-on-one until the essay is done.

How much does the course cost?

The camp costs $575 for the session, including all instruction, conferencing, and editing.

Where does JumpStart Main Line meet?

The 2020 sessions meet online, in the video-conferencing app Zoom. You don't have to download any software, but we'll reach out to you to check technical specifications. We'll email you an invitation link shortly before your session begins.

One-to-one conferencing will be on Zoom or "meet" in shared documents -- whatever makes more sense for that student at that point in that essay!

Is JumpStart Main Line only for Radnor students?

No – all are welcome! We have taught students from Radnor HS, Great Valley HS, West Chester-Rustin HS, Lower Merion HS, Harriton HS, Conestoga HS, Haverford HS, Methacton HS, St. Joes’s Prep, the Baldwin School, Malvern Prep, the Haverford School, the Shipley School, West Chester-Henderson, Downingtown West, Downingtown STEM, and several others. During summer 2020, we even have a student Zooming in from Mexico!

Bottom line: if you can get to us, we will work with you!

What schools have our clients been accepted to?

(Graphic: thanks to wordclouds.com)


Each session costs a total of $575, with a $300 non-refundable deposit towards the $575 tuition.


Ready to sign up for JumpStart? We're excited to hear from you! Please return the registration form to secure a seat in the camp.
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2020 Registration Form

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Note: $300 is non-refundable.