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"Poetry...the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind."

- Maxwell Bondenheim

The English Department’s primary mission is to develop writing proficiency and critical reasoning skills for all students. In addition, the program offers students the opportunity to read and analyze literary works and to develop general knowledge and an appreciation of human values, ideas, and experiences expressed in literature. The department provides a foundation in the study of British, American, and World Literature. Genres studied in the curriculum include the epic, romances, drama, the novel, film, and a wide range of poetry from the earliest ballads to free verse. In keeping with the school’s mission as a comprehensive arts and academic college-preparatory school, the English department provides the philosophical framework that shapes the entire humanities department of the school. Students study aesthetic theory, including those expressed in the works of Aristotle, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, DuBois, Hughes, Wright, Hosseini, and others.


Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
English I or English II or English III or English IV or
English I (Honors) or English II (Honors) or English III (Honors) or English IV (Honors) or
English I (support) English I (support) English I (support) English I (support)
AP English Language and Composition AP English Literature and Composition
1 Credit 1 Credit 1 Credit 1 Credit

Summer 2018 Recommended Reading

YALSA (the Young Adult Library Services Association) compiles yearly lists of the best teen books in a variety of categories.  As stated by YALSA, “While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA’s selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. We encourage adults to take an active role in helping individual teens choose those books that are the best fit for them and their families.

2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults
2018 Great Graphic Novels for Young Adults
2018 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
2018 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
2018 Teens Top 10
2018 Nonfiction Award
Books for Creative Teens

Online Syllabi

Course Instructor Syllabus
AP Language & CompositionTiffany JacksonView Syllabus
AP Literature & CompositionAndrew LeddyView Syllabus
English ICullen SwinsonView Syllabus
English IIGabrielle DuboseView Syllabus
English IIITiffany JacksonView Syllabus
English IVAndrew LeddyView Syllabus
Pre-AP English IDeidre ComegysView Syllabus
Pre-AP English IIDeidre ComegysView Syllabus