2016 2017 English Department Curriculum


Note: There is always the possibility that courses listed in the Program of Studies may not run due to low enrollment or budget constraints.

The English courses in grades 9-12 are designed to increase each student's skills in the use of written and oral language. They are also designed to encourage open and clear communication and foster reading for comprehension, information, and enjoyment. Each course requires homework and student participation in class discussions. In addition, the program is constructed to give students the opportunity to succeed in a wide variety of learning experiences including writing poetry, delivering speeches, reading literature, and viewing films.


All English courses involve the teaching of the correct use of the English language. Grammar study is conducted with student writing as a primary resource for instruction. Specific exercises are also used to highlight a particular problem or mistake in usage.


The English program offers courses at the College Preparatory (CP), Honors and AP levels. Our program is designed to ensure that all students are placed in classes in which they can grow and excel, and thus at all levels students learn core skills coupled with opportunities to stretch their understanding and abilities.


All students are required to take English each year. Students enrolling in semester-based English electives to fulfill their English requirement must enroll in one each semester. Students should confer with their guidance counselors, English teachers, and/or the English Department Head to determine appropriate course selections where there are options. 



Please refer to the WHS Program of Studies page 9 for a complete listing of English coureses offered at WHS






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