English

Develops each student’s individual potential through critical thinking, clear writing, articulate speech, thoughtful decision-making, intellectual risk-taking, and respect for others

Curriculum

  • Students are challenged through the core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Students enrich their lives and increase their understanding of themselves through the study of literature.
  • Teachers emphasize critical analyses as we challenge students to become discriminating readers.
  • Curriculum follows the 6 + 1 Traits model of writing, which is endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Studies in grammar and usage are integrated throughout the writing process as students learn to write effectively and confidently.
  • Students learn to critically evaluate the validity of information from print and non-print media in contemporary society.

Achievements

  • The average ACT score in English for the Class of 2016 is 27.1; the state average is 20.5.
  • Over 75% of the students taking our AP exams earned college credit.
  • Preparation for the verbal sections of the PSAT, SAT and ACT is incorporated into instruction at all levels.

Additional Information

  • All teachers in the department are available before or after school, as well as throughout the school day.
  • Teachers continue to avail themselves of post-graduate courses and workshops to stay current in the field.
  • The Writing Lab helps students with one-on-one conferencing on writing assignments for all academic classes.
  • Students are encouraged to use technology in their written and oral presentations.
  • The department offers a four-week College Essay Workshop, which takes students from the planning stage to a polished essay.