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 opportunities for students to develop their interest and proficiency in English. Special workshops in grammar or reading are occasionally offered to supplement students’ writing skills. Advanced Placement tutorials are available to students who want an opportunity to review and prepare for AP examinations. Students at all grade levels are encouraged to submit material to the school newspaper and arts magazine as well as enter both national and local writing competitions. English seminars are complemented by field trips to off-campus performances and guest lectures from literary scholars, writers, and even musicians.