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.)

Upper School English Faculty

Ninth and Tenth Grade Courses

Eleventh and Twelfth Grades

The following are year-long college-prepartory courses in English that will run during the 2020-2021. Each one is open to juniors and seniors. Both AP courses will run every year if there is sufficient interest.

Advanced Placement Courses

Topic-Based Courses

Offered in 2021-2022

The following Topic-Based Courses will be offered in the 2021-2022 school year.

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