At all grade levels, work includes informal class discussions, close reading of literature, and frequent writing assignments such as reading quizzes, analytical essays, and creative fiction and verse. Classes are small and provide ample opportunity for individual conferences with instructors as well as group work. The literature studied throughout the four-year program represents a wide variety of genres, styles, periods, and voices, which develop students’ intellectual curiosity and cultural awareness.
Students at College Prep enroll in an English course every semester. English I (ninth grade) and English II (tenth grade) are yearlong courses. In the eleventh and twelfth grades, students choose from a variety of semester-long seminars.
In addition to specific courses offered by the department, there are numerous additional opportunities for students to develop their interest and proficiency in English. Special workshops in grammar or reading are offered upon request or as need arises. Advanced Placement tutorials are also available to students who want an opportunity to review and prepare for these examinations. Students at all grade levels can submit material to the school newspaper and arts magazine. Students are also encouraged to enter both national and local writing competitions. Seminars sometimes complement in-class work with field trips to off-campus performances. Occasionally, literary scholars, writers, and even musicians visit seminars.