High School English
The English Department challenges students to strive for mastery in all areas of Language Arts in order to become excellent scholars. The department promotes effective expression, critical thinking, and life-long learning. The Department is committed to fostering a passion for literature and love of reading and writing for every student. The texts taught in English classrooms are chosen based on literary merits, importance in a college preparatory curriculum, and character education themes. English classrooms are nurturing environments where students of all abilities feel safe to take risks and challenge themselves.
Peak to Peak offers a literature-based curriculum that exposes students to many of the major works in the English literary canon. As an Advanced Placement school, Peak to Peak selects literature from the AP list of suggested authors. Chosen texts reflect variety in genre (novels, plays, etc.) and variety in authors (gender, race, era, etc.) while at the same time providing thematic coherence to a given course. Each course focuses on responding to and analyzing written works orally and in writing, with emphasis on the writing of essays and other full-length products. In addition, the English Department spirals grammar study throughout each level, with topics introduced or re-taught as necessary.
Graduation Requirement: Peak to Peak students must successfully complete four years of English.