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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


Online Syllabi

Course Instructor Syllabus
AP Literature and CompositionAnthony VerlichView Syllabus
English IVAnthony VerlichView Syllabus


Department Chair

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