The English department offers a comprehensive survey of literature in a well-articulated curriculum. In the ninth grade, students study the literary genres and their conventions, along with literary terms that provide a vocabulary for analytical discussion of literature in classroom discourse and writing. In the tenth through the twelfth grades, students study American, British and World Literature in an historical context, developing skills in reading, writing and vocabulary. Independent readings each quarter encourage reading for pleasure and develop students’ awareness of a wide variety of literature.
Year long courses use electronic texts that allow a student to keep her textbook home while the book “lives” on the portable tablet computer. E-texts include many interactive features that encourage students to highlight texts, annotate and save, and access electronic glossaries and background information about the author or literary era.
- Our highly successful Advanced Placement Literature and Composition program provides an opportunity to study college level literature and literary theory.
- Students in Honors English in senior year can gain college credit through the “Middle College Program” affiliated with Fairleigh Dickinson University.
- Juniors in High Honors may sit for the AP Language and Composition exam.
- Students have maintained over a ninety-five percent pass rate on the Literature examination and a one hundred percent pass rate on the Language examination.
Electives include: Creative Writing, which culminates in student reading at Barnes and Noble bookstore, and courses such as such as Film, Journalism and Communications, which explore career opportunities in the Communications field, along with an historical survey of and practical experiences in each of the subjects.