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The overall goal of the English Language Arts program is to enable the student to respond in a variety of ways to the ideas in literature, starting at the personal and progressing to the universal level. This goal is achieved in the classroom by: using literature that focuses on aesthetic, ethical, cultural and political issues and themes; using active learning strategies that help students integrate thinking, reading, speaking, listening and writing; using a variety of assessment strategies.

Writing instruction focuses on the process of writing and on self-discovery: connecting personal experience to the ideas and issues of literature. Speaking and listening activities are integrated into all language classes although there are opportunities to take specific class work in speech.
Students are expected to develop their abilities to read more broadly and to comprehend at higher levels, as well as to work effectively in groups. Throughout the curriculum, students are encouraged to think both creatively and critically; to express independent thinking; and to work on clarity of thought in written and oral communication.

To aid in the best communication process possible, the English department has created a policy guide for parents, students and teachers. Please review the English Department Policies for protocol and to achieve the most positive outcome in communicating with your child’s teacher. 

Staff Directory

Barton, Surna English
Bridge, Megan English
Clausnitzer, Lisa English
Graham, Christina English
Gunderson, Mary Jo English
Hinton, Kirk English
Kirby, Jessica Resource
Lantz, Mallory English
Lavelle, Steve English
Lloyd, Leslie  Drama
McMahon, Adrian English
Moreno, Sara English
Morrison, Melissa English
Owsley, Natalie English, Journalism, AVID
Pitta, Ashley English
Ratti, James English, AVID
Riley, Ed English
Rivera, Shawnee English, AVID
Rupe, Megan English
Vanni, Debbie English, Department Lead 
Wilson, Susan English
Yoshida, Gary English, Culinary Arts

Course offerings

For a list of English Courses with descriptions please see the Course Selection Guide.
Course Units Grades UC/CSU Requirement Prerequisite
Literature and Writing 10 9 b None
World Literature and Writing 10 10 b None
American Literature and Writing 10 11 b None
American Literature and Writing Honors 10 11 b None
American Studies
(combines Am Lit honors and US History)
(10 English, 10 social science)
11 a (10 units)
b (10 units)
British Literature and Writing 10 12 b None
Contemporary Literature and Writing 10 12 b None
Global Literature and Writing 10 9-12 N/A Concurrent enrollment in ELD 2
Humanities 10 12 b None
Journalism 10 11-12 g None
Mythology/Folklore and Writing 10 12 b None
AP English Literature and Composition 10 12 b None

High School Graduation & College Entrance Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements

There is a four-year requirement for graduation.

UC Eligibility

b. English – 4 year required.
A student must earn 40 credits and a grade of "C" or higher in approved English courses.