The English curriculum begins with topic-based courses for ninth and tenth grade students, introducing students to writers from a variety of eras and diverse backgrounds and providing them with foundational skills in composition and literary analysis. Juniors and seniors may choose from a range of more rigorous courses, which include both advanced topic-based courses and Advanced Placement courses. As students move through the curriculum, they become increasingly sophisticated in their mastery of the critical skills of close reading, purposeful and clear writing, engaged listening, expressive speaking, and critical and analytical thinking.
Four years of English are required for graduation. In eleventh and twelfth grade, students may take more than one English class per year. (Note: If a student takes two English courses junior year, they must still take an English course senior year and vice versa.)