The Upper School English curriculum focuses on developing students as energetic readers and purposeful writers, thinkers who know their own tastes and strengths and yet are always willing to explore a new idea or rise to a new challenge. The critical study of canonical and contemporary literature as a class fosters an ability to recognize and articulate universal themes that unite across boundaries; independent reading choices ready students for lives as engaged and thoughtful citizens.
Upper School students read like writers, eager to recognize intentional choices in diction, syntax, and rhetorical pattern and to try those moves in their own writing. They write both formally and informally, for a range of audiences and for a variety of purposes, coming to value both the process and the product of their work. Vocabulary and grammar are studied both in the context of the students’ reading and writing and as distinct topics.
- English 1 CP (1 year/1.0 unit)
- English 1 Honors (1 year/1.0 unit)
- English 2 CP - World Literature (1 year/1.0 unit)
- English 2 Honors - World Literature (1 year/1.0 unit)
- English 3 CP - American Literature (1 year/1.0 unit)
- English 3 Honors - American Literature (1 year/1.0 unit)
- AP English Language and Composition (1 year/1.0 unit)
- AP Literature and Composition (1 year/1.0 unit)
- TVS Writing Center (1 year/0.5 unit)
- Public Speaking: TED@TVS (1 semester/0.5 unit)
- Archetypes in World Myth (1 semester/0.5 unit)