English Language Arts
We all know that English Language Arts is where students learn to read inquisitively, write effectively, and think critically. All ELA courses are intended to prepare students for the many reading and writing challenges and tasks they will face, as both skills are undeniably crucial in our everyday lives.
In middle school, we focus on the basics: understanding and evaluating literature and developing strong writing and grammar skills. In high school ELA is also a place of exploration -- where students come to learn about their world, themselves, and the connections between the two. What does it mean to be human? How does this change with the time period or the place? How can we learn about both individuals and larger societies by studying the texts (and other artworks) they produce? Who I am -- what identities and ideals are at my core? What impact do I want to have on the world around me? How can I use language as a tool to make sure my voice and my opinions are heard?
Additionally, students enrolled in advanced/AP Language Arts courses have the opportunity to more meticulously refine their reading, writing, and critical thinking capabilities. The texts we read are more dense and complex, the writing tasks are more challenging, and we dive more deeply into many of the ideas taught in regular ELA courses. All ELA classes equip students with the skills they need to be effective and active citizens in the 21st century.