English Department

The English Department’s Vision for Learning

We believe that it is essential for all students to understand and use the power of language, literature, and the arts to aid in their pursuit of a fulfilling and successful life. Throughout their course of study our students will develop the critical framework to interpret and influence their world.

 

The English Department at Cooperative Arts and Humanities Magnet High School offers a wide variety of courses and genres to engage all types of students, from reluctant to advanced readers. All English courses are college preparatory in nature. Students learn how to critically read, analyze, and evaluate authors’ style and recognize the correlation between style and meaning. The goal is for all students to demonstrate themselves as literate, thoughtful communicators capable of controlling language effectively in an increasingly complex and information-rich world.

 

Honors English courses are considered “pre-AP” and are designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement (AP) courses in English. All Honors/AP courses have prerequisites. Each incoming ninth grader takes a placement exam that, with CMT scores and grades, determines the appropriate course for that student. Enrollment in subsequent Honors or AP courses requires (but is not limited to) honors or high honors term grades, teacher recommendation, identification of AP Potential via College Board assessment, a self-advocacy letter from the student, and/or AP Coordinator approval.

 

Students need to earn four credits in English to graduate.

 

Year 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
College Course Eng 1 Eng 2 Eng 3 Eng 4
Honors Course Eng 1 Honors* Eng 2 Honors* Eng 3 Honors* Eng 4 Honors*
AP Courses     AP Language*

AP Literature*

UConn English*

AP Language*

AP Literature*

UConn English*

 

*Students must be recommended by a teacher based on previous grades, test scores, and class performance or self-advocate to be able to take an AP or Honors Course.