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Mastering communication skills is a critical and powerful component for success. The goal of the English Department is to help students develop reading and comprehension skills for a wide range of literature; think and express themselves clearly, both orally and in written form; create a trove of vocabulary; understand the significance of historical periods and people through literature; embrace and effectively use technology for research and composition and form an appreciation for literature in all forms, including periodicals and the classics.

Teachers employ a variety of literary styles, reading and writing assignments, activities and projects to guide students as they develop their own literary “voice.” Students work alone or in groups to complete projects and participate in group discussions, seminars, peer writing and editing groups, role play, formal lectures, presentations and learning activities to gain a better understanding of themselves and others through the written or spoken word. Students in grades 11 and 12 can choose semester length seminars to focus on particular genres for in-depth study.

All students in grades 7 to 12 take year-long courses in literature, with those in grades 9 to 12 required to take the equivalent of four year-long courses to meet graduation requirements.

Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are also offered.

Courses offered:

  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • The American Dream – Seminar
  • The Art of Argument – Seminar
  • English 7
  • English 8
  • English 9
  • English 9 Honors
  • English 10
  • English 10 Honors
  • Folklore and Mythology – Seminar
  • Journalism I-IV
  • Stage and Screen – Seminar
  • Women and Literature – Seminar