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The program of study in the English department is designed to improve students’ awareness of the important roles that language and literature play in their personal and intellectual development in the academic world and beyond. The English curriculum emphasizes the development of written and oral skills, of comprehension skills, of critical appreciation, of logical analysis, and of increasingly sophisticated expression of ideas.

While the English curriculum focuses on competence in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, it also provides opportunities that help students become discriminating users of resources. Literary and media works, selected for both content and style, promote humanistic attitudes, aesthetic appreciation, global awareness, and critical evaluation skills. This program of study encourages the development of each student’s potential through critical thinking, clear writing, articulate presentation, effective communication, thoughtful risk-taking, intelligent decision-making, and respect for others.

Students progression through the English Department is as follows: 6th & 7th grades: Humanities, 8th grade: Early Literature, 9th Grade: Literature by Genre/Advanced Literature by Genre, 10th Grade: American Literature/Advanced American Literature, 11th & 12th grades: English semester courses or SL/HL English. Students in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade may take an English semester course in addition to the required course for their grade, but they may not replace the required course. New English semester courses will be added each year.

Course Title Code

Advanced American Literature

Advanced Literature by Genre

American Literature

American Perspectives

Cultural Crossroads

Early Literature

ESOL Intermediate English

ESOL Newcomer English

HL English

Humanities: Exploring the Local to the Global

Literature by Genre

Local Lore

SL English – Language and Literature

Upper School Chorus/Vocal Ensemble

Write Like a Pro! Workshop