English Language Arts
Each year students are required to take and successfully complete an English course; they must earn a minimum of six credits overall with eight or more credits possible. The curriculum, a combination of traditional academic materials that adhere to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy and integrated career technical assignments, provides students with both the skills necessary for further education and the practical experience necessary to succeed in a competitive work force.
In the freshman year, students take prescribed literature and composition courses that are supported by reading enrichment or writing workshops. In the sophomore year, students take American Literature with an emphasis on literature and composition. In the junior and senior years, students take the core courses World Literature and Survey of Literature and Composition, respectively. Seniors in the honors program take British Literature. Students wishing to take on a more rigorous course load are encouraged to select either AP Language and Composition for grade 11 and AP Literature and Composition for grade 12. All courses require standards-based assessments by unit and final exams and/or AP exams, when applicable.