4 years required for graduation

Group: Our group English classes focus on a teacher designed syllabus for college preparation. Emphasis is on following a syllabus, writing in active voice, writing college level essays, preparing for the SAT, analyzing a variety of assigned literature, and making presentations.
One on one:  The student and the teacher develop the English course based on the student’s writing and reading ability. There is flexibility with reading materials and the type of writing emphasized in the course (creative writing, essay writing, report writing, etc).


American Literature:
(individual)

  • This individual course will introduce the student to a variety of American Literature including historical writings, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and novels. Analysis of literature will be emphasized.

Children’s Literature: (individual)

  • The student will work with an instructor individually and read a variety of children’s literature in order to develop an appreciation for a variety of literary forms. Course will include a variety of genres, themes, and authors.

Communications: (individual)

  • This course is designed to explore personal attitudes and behaviors, and how they are communicated to others. Students will be challenged to reflect on their own communications skills. The course is also designed to assist students in discovering ways to deal with stress in our usually hurried lifestyles. Students are challenged to put things in their life in perspective through small daily changes.

Composition: (individual)

  • The student will work individually with an instructor in this course which emphasizes the basics of essay writing and explores different types of essays. Students read essays, analyze them and write their own.

Contemporary Fiction: (individual)

  • This class encourages students to read novels written from 1970 until the present day. Novels from different genres will be read such as: biography,mystery, historical, diary and others. Students will learn how to review and discuss a novel in class.

Creative Writing: (individual)

  • The student will work with an instructor individually and write personal essays, plays, poems, and short stories. The main goal is to strengthen a student’s reasoning powers and develop his or her personal writing style and voice.

English 9: (individual, group)

  • This course integrates grammar, composition, and literature. Students are exposed to a variety of literature. Different writing styles are introduced. Grammar, usage, and punctuation are reviewed and applied to writing. Vocabulary building is also emphasized. May also be taken as an Advanced course.

English 9 Honors: (group)

  • This course offers rigorous preparation for students planning to attend more selective colleges. The emphasis is on writing a research paper, writing in active voice, and reading classical literature.

English 10: (individual, group)

  • This course integrates grammar, composition, and literature. Students are exposed to a variety of literature. Different writing styles are introduced. Grammar, usage, and punctuation are reviewed and applied to writing. Vocabulary building is also emphasized. May also be taken as an Advanced course.

English 10 Honors: (group)

  • This class provides rigorous preparation for students interested in attending more selective colleges. Emphasis will be placed on vocabulary development, writing in active voice, and exploration of literature.

English 11: (individual, group)

  • This course integrates grammar, composition, and literature. Students are exposed to a variety of literature. Different writing styles are introduced. Grammar, usage, and punctuation are reviewed and applied to writing. Vocabulary building is also emphasized. May also be taken as an Advanced course.

English 11 Honors: (group)

  • This course rigorous course is for students preparing for more selective colleges. Focuses on American Literature analysis and essay writing in preparation for the SAT.

English 12: (individual, group)

  • This course integrates grammar, composition, and literature. Students are exposed to a variety of literature. Different writing styles are introduced. Grammar, usage, and punctuation are reviewed and applied to writing. Vocabulary building is also emphasized. May also be taken as an Advanced course.

English 12 Honors: (group)

  • This course provides a rigorous preparation for the college-bound student. This course includes advanced essay writing, formal research papers, English literature analysis, and formal debate. This course requires an individual appointment in addition to the group class.

Film Study: (individual)

  • The student will meet individually with a teacher and use films to discuss and write about genre, character, plot, filming techniques, and movie history.

Language Arts: (individual, group)

  • This course integrates grammar, composition, and literature. Students are exposed to a variety of literature. Different writing styles are introduced. Grammar, usage, and punctuation are reviewed and applied to writing. Vocabulary building is also emphasized.

Mythology: (individual)

  • The student will meet individually with an instructor and will be introduced to a variety of myths that have shaped the ethical and social structures of past and present civilizations.

Poetry: (individual)

  • The student will work individually with an instructor to increase his or her understanding of what poetry is, how it works, and how form and content work together to create meaning. Assignments will include reading the text and completing text exercises, creating a poetry notebook, writing short essays, and taking a vocabulary test.

Shakespeare: (individual)

  • The student will meet individually with an instructor to study the life and times of William Shakespeare and his plays. Assignments will include reading, seeing and/or watching videos of plays, and answering questions about them.

Short Stories: (individual)

  • The student will work individually with an instructor to read and discuss short stories. The purpose is to increase his or her understanding and ability to analyze literature. Assignments will include reading the text and completing text exercises, creating a literary dictionary, writing an essays about stories, and taking vocabulary tests.

World Literature: (individual)

  • This individual course will introduce the student to a variety of World Literature including non-fiction, essays, short stories, poetry, and/or novels. Analysis of literature will be emphasized.