Language Arts


Secondary students are required to take six years of English with the option of taking additional elective classes in Journalism, Creative Writing, Yearbook, and Theater Arts on the high school level. The English courses assist students in the development of their reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing skills in one-to-one and group situations in the classroom. Students are encouraged to evaluate and enjoy literature,short stories, novels, poetry, plays, and nonfiction. The major emphasis when dealing with literature is on the student's ability to independently develop an initial understanding, develop an interpretation, take a critical stance, and make a connection to the student's own world as well as other literary works. Courses are designed around Honors, Level 1, and Level 2 students. Reading courses are also offered to those students who wish to improve skills in reading comprehension and improve their reading comprehension in relation to the PSAT/SAT verbal tests.