Freshman English Honors
This is a literature-based course designed to challenge students in reading and analyzing various genres (short story, novel, poetry, drama, and non-fiction). It draws from major texts and topics from English 1-2 and English 3-4, emphasizing the “search for self.” Writing assignments are frequent and demanding. At least two full process essays are due each quarter. This course includes a speech unit requiring memorization and a class presentation.
Sophomore Honors English
This is a literature-based course designed to challenge students in reading literature from the United States with emphasis on the uniqueness of the diversity of the American experience. Writing assignments are frequent and demanding. At least two full-process essays are due each quarter. This course includes a speech unit that requires an expository speech and other oral presentations to the class. This course prepares the students for the California High School Exit Exam.
AP English Literature
This college-level literature-based course emphasizes analyzing and interpreting all genres of literature with a particular focus on tragedy, poetry, and style analysis. Extensive reading and writing assignments both in and out of class are expected. Timed writing assignments are frequent and demanding. At least two full-process essays are due each quarter.
AP English Composition
An AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both their writing and their reading should make students aware of the interactions among a writer's purposes, audience expectations, and subjects, as well as the way genre conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing.