The English program is organized around the following areas of instruction and follows the Common Core Standards: reading, writing, speaking, listening, critical thinking, and research. Aspects of each area are presented during the four years of required English. English electives are offered to those interested in theatre, creative writing, journalism, public speaking, humanities, and other areas of specialized focus. These electives are offered above and beyond the required courses.
Honors, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Programs
These courses are offered for students with a deep love of literature who possess highly developed language skills and desire to pursue these interests in a college-level English program. They read selections from a variety of periods, styles, and rhetorical contexts to develop critical standards for independent appreciation. The program is designed to prepare successful students for the International Baccalaureate examinations and the AP examination as well. In considering the qualifications of applicants for the program, teacher recommendations, writing samples, and performance on standardized tests will be weighed.