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English

  • AP English Lang and Comp.

    AP English Language & Composition surveys a variety of literature and nonfiction texts as the students examine rhetoric and the details of language. The course engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts and in becoming skilled writers who can form and express clear, effective arguments. Both students’ writing and reading will enhance their understanding of interaction between an author’s purpose, the audience’s expectations and the subject matter, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to the effectiveness of a piece of writing. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11.
  • AP English Lit and Comp.

    AP English Literature & Composition engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of a variety of literature. Through the close reading of selected texts, students deepen their understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and enjoyment for their readers. As they read, students will consider a work’s structure, style and themes, as well as literary elements such as figurative language, imagery, symbolism and tone. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.
  • English I

    English I offers students the opportunity to survey a variety of literary genres, including texts written by American and British authors. Ultimately, this course will prepare students for English instruction throughout their upper school experience. Students will learn how to compose literary analysis, how to transfer their knowledge of grammar into their writing, how to apply the learned SAT vocabulary into their writing, how to develop their own authorial voice and how to think critically through the close reading of text. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9.
  • English II

    English II offers students the opportunity to survey a number of different pieces from American literature. Students will improve their vocabulary, learn correct grammar usage, develop as effective writers and continue in their growth when it comes to reading critically. Some primary course elements include JER grammar instruction, Jane Schaffer writing and the study of poetry and literature. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10.
  • English III

    English III supports students with their understanding of the development of British literature. Students will learn the elements of literary analysis, develop vocabulary and grammar skills and write clearly and persuasively during this interactive and challenging course. Students will read a variety of fiction, drama and poetry while they also hone their grammar, annotation and vocabulary skills. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11.
  • English IV

    English IV offers students the opportunity to read and understand a variety of literary and informational texts. Students will compose a variety of written texts with a clear controlling idea, coherent organization and sufficient detail. They will also conduct research using relevant sources and will evaluate, synthesize and present ideas and information in a variety of forms; students will apply oral and written conventions of the English language in speaking and writing. Students will engage in activities that build on their prior knowledge and skills in order to strengthen their reading, writing and oral language skills. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.

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