Middle School English
The English Department challenges students to strive for mastery in all areas of Language Arts in order to become excellent scholars in all disciplines. 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 introduces students to a variety of high-quality works, many of which are recommended by Core Knowledge and others as classic pieces of literature. Each course focuses on responding to and analyzing written works orally and in writing, with strong emphasis on the writing of essays and other full-length products. In addition, the English Department weaves grammar study throughout each level, with topics introduced or re-taught as necessary.