The Course General Overview

The SSAT Online Summer Course prepares students for the SSAT with a comprehensive approach. It includes an introduction, a vocabulary flashcard program, and a detailed math section covering concepts, algebra, geometry, and common problems. Interactive lessons and expert guidance to boost confidence and performance for private school admissions.

Our Courses Benefit

The summer course is now essentially the same offering as the fall online course.
Includes a minimum of 10 zoom sessions to support the full online curriculum
Class includes full access to all online materials and resources, including three practice tests
Traditional textbook approach and vocabulary program are essential parts of the curriculum
Digital access to the course begins on July 1st continues through the calendar year and beyond and a lot more benefits
✨Zoom lessons begin on or about July 15th and are typically Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 11a.m.

About The Author

John Dugan, a career educator, has over two decades of teaching and tutoring experience. For over fifteen years, he has taught SSAT and HSPT prep classes in person to hundreds of students in the Washington, DC area with great success. He is now bringing the best of the classroom to you online.

John is a committed educator and school leader. He is excited to bring his courses to those who need them. While there are many options available to you for such courses, John believes that his approach is rooted in the fundamentals of good teaching and learning and not in simply teaching the students “tricks.”

John feels blessed to have had the experiences that he has had. He has worked with the administrative team at Mater Dei, becoming assistant headmaster in 2015, but he has still been able to continue teaching, coaching, and advising the 8th graders as they prepare to enter high school. He has enjoyed increasing his knowledge of “Ed tech” and working with his SSAT and HSPT students.


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Parents and students who have taken the SSAT and HSPT classes have positive feedback and are happy with the results.

Frederique Irwin

We signed my 8th grade son up for the HSPT class based on a recommendation from a local teacher and we could not be more happy with how well this class prepared him! Mr. Dugan provided structure and quality content that made this process so much less stressful for my son (and me). I would recommend any parents who are looking to prepare their children for testing to check out Mr. Dugan! He is truly great!


Murray Gormly

I would highly recommend Mr. Dugan’s prep classes which have been amazing for my son. He took the HSPT and the SSAT courses and I have no doubt his scores will be higher as a result. I had heard over the years that the best teacher in the area to prepare kids for the test is Mr. Dugan. Now I can say from experience that’s definitely true! He is dedicated, committed and flexible. He gives the kids advice and guidance and helps them feel confident as they approach the test. He’s a great resource for parents as well as we navigate this process. So glad we signed up for this.


Antonio DeVaul

My son has enjoyed Mr. Dugan's HSPT Prep class and feels much more prepared for the test. Going through the lessons and reviewing the answers has been very informative. He has shared a lot of tips on what to look for with each question to narrow down the correct answer. My son has found the practice tests and reviews very useful. He is a great teacher, easy to listen to over Zoom and he has a wealth of knowledge about the test. We are so happy we found him and his service!!