Academics

English Department

Reading, writing, and discussion encourages self-exploration and develops empathy. In four years of English, you’ll be challenged to expand your worldview by appreciating literary voices from different traditions and to communicate your own experiences and opinions in order to live an intellectually and emotionally rich life.

Teachers work with you to hone your critical thinking skills and intellectual faculties so you can write original work confidently, understand and appreciate any given text, speak clearly and fluently, and use modern technology responsibly. Each student in the room can spark interesting conversations, change mindsets, and make a difference.

Graduation requirement: Four years of English.

English Curriculum

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  • English 1: Literary Discussions

    • 9th-grade full-year course
    • This course is required for graduation
    You’ll develop the art of dialogue, persuasion, and argumentation while examining diverse voices through thought-provoking reading, allowing you to find your individual perspective and voice within a learning community.
  • English 2: On Writing

    • 10th-grade full-year course
    • This course is required for graduation
    You’ll gain a deeper foundation of written forms by building fluency, moving through revision strategies, and reflecting on your writing style. You’ll develop as a thinker and writer by interpreting and empathizing diverse writing traditions.
  • English 3: American Literature

    • 11th-grade full-year course
    • An honors version of this course is available
    • This course is required for graduation
    You’ll analyze what it means to be American through various genres of American literature. You’ll explore literature and build a community of curious thinkers who ask questions and share perspectives in conversation and in writing.
  • English 4: Senior Seminars

    • 12th-grade full-year course
    • An honors version of this course is available
    • This course is required for graduation
    You will engage in college-style seminar courses centered around an essential question while building upon your skills and developing your writing voice. This year’s essential question is: “How does perspective inform or change the way we see the world?” The seminars will address specific themes, regions, time periods, genres, and authorial circumstances centered around that essential question. English 4 seminars change each year.

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