The English curriculum emphasizes the skills necessary for clear communication. Intentional reading, analytical and creative thinking, and writing for reflection and audience are the fundamentals of all English courses. Through the study of literature, we seek to introduce students to the issues and ideas that have enlivened and enriched our world and help them to synthesize the readings with the exploration and development of their own identity.
The freshman curriculum provides a breadth of readings as the students study the different genres. Sophomore year is thematically developed around the concept of the hero, and the junior curriculum is the study of American literature. The seniors are provided with electives that develop their writing and expand their literary boundaries. Each level has honor sections where placement is determined by the school. Advanced Placement courses are available on the junior and senior level, and college credit is available through Creighton University, UNO, and Nebraska Wesleyan University.
At each level, all English courses utilize the six traits of writing to develop composition skills and assignments. Courses also incorporate multimedia technology, public speaking skills, reading strategies, and vocabulary development.