• English 9

    Emphasis is placed on the continued development of the NYS standards in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will begin mastering literary analysis by studying the elements of the short story, novel, non-fiction, poetry, and drama. Preparation for the English Language Arts Common Core exam begins. This exam, taken in Grade 11, is a NYS graduation requirement.
    Grade 9
    Full year subject
    1 unit of credit
    School exam

    English 10

    Students continue to receive intensive work in reading, writing, listening and speaking in coordination with the New York State Common Core standards. Emphasis is placed on the continued mastery of composition and analysis through studying a variety of genres, including the novel, research-based argument, drama, short story, speeches, memoir/biography and other non-fiction. Development of skills necessary for mastery of the New York State English Common Core exam, a NYS graduation requirement taken in Grade 11, continues.
    Grade 10
    Full year subject
    1 unit of credit
    School exam

    English 11

    Students analyze and discuss literary works with a focus on American writers. In addition, students continue intensive work in the NYS standards in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. In the Fall, students complete a research argument essay. This essay aligns with later work in U.S. History class (the Junior Research Paper) and the Common Core Regents Exam in English Language Arts (Part2: Argument Essay). In June, all juniors take this exam, a NYS graduation requirement.
    Grade 11
    Full year subject
    1 unit of credit
    English Language Arts Common Core exam: (graduation requirement)

    Advanced Placement
    English Language And Composition

    This is a college preparatory course designed for the serious junior English student. In accordance with The College Board's description of Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, the course involves critical reading and writing designed to improve students' reading skills and their understanding of the techniques and strategies of college writing. Students practice reading and writing non-fiction genres such as autobiography, observation, and the researched argument paper. Summer reading and writing assignments are required.
    Grade 11
    Full year subject
    1 unit of credit
    A.P. exam ($99.00) and English Language Arts Common Core exam: (graduation requirement)

    English 12

    In alignment with the common core, students analyze and discuss novels, short stories, poems, nonfiction essays, and dramas. Some of the literature focuses on self-awareness and the role of the individual as a member of society. Students are expected to actively participate in class and have a willingness to work and think independently. In preparation for college, a thesis paper and portfolio of writing reflection are required.
    Grade 12
    Full year subject
    1 unit of credit
    Final project

    Advanced Placement
    Literature And Composition

    Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition engages students in the close reading and critical analysis of imaginative literature. Students deepen understanding of the ways writers use language to provide both meaning and pleasure for readers. Designed to prepare students for BOTH the Advanced Placement Exam and college level studies, the course focuses heavily on the analysis of authorial intent in using language to convey meaning. Additionally, students hone annotation, editing, and study strategies essential for college readiness. 

    Students consider the art and style of writing for academic and professional audiences with strong support in the college application process and development of a professional writing portfolio. Students write and present often and assignments vary in genre and scope. Assignments include memorandums, annotated bibliographies, primary and secondary source thesis papers, use of textural evidence in claim writing, and class presentations.
    Grade 12
    Full year subject
    1 unit of credit
    A.P. exam ($99.00) and Final project

    English As A New Language

    This course is provided to assist those students whose first language is not English. Students build English language social and academic skills through reading, writing, listening and speaking activities. Units of instruction are provided in accordance with the NYS Education Department Guidelines and Part 154 requirements.
    Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
    Full year subject
    Units of credit vary

    Syracuse University Reading/Writing

    WRT 105 - Practice of Academic Writing 
    Introduction to Issues of Critical Reading
    Component 1

    This is the required English course for all students in semester one of their freshman year at Syracuse University. Each section of WRT 105 is a community of writers who meet with the specific purpose of developing as critical readers, writers, and thinkers. Students learn to develop ideas through the choices they make as writers. The course challenges students to understand that effective communication requires people to be aware of the complex factors that shape every rhetorical context, including issues of power, history, difference, and community. Developing this understanding helps students perceive ways in which their work as writers extends beyond the immediate requirements of the classroom and prepares them for effective engagement with issues in the workplace, local community, and global society. The course is designed as a workshop in which learning takes place through reading, writing, listening, and class interaction. Grades are based on both informal writing and formal papers. A final paper is required at the end of the semester.

    ETS 181 - Class and Literary Texts
    Component 2

    From Dickens’ descriptions of living conditions in Victorian England, James Agee’s stories of tenant farmers during the Depression, to Ursula LeGuin’s’s speculative fiction focused on labor exploitation, questions of social class have long been a focus of novelists’, poets’ and essayists’ work. Parallel to the ways that writers affect and engage social class, critical readers can engage with the concepts of social class as they read. Concerned with the social divisions of privilege, wealth, power and status, class, like race and gender, is a social construction that is imposed on, and performed by, all of us as a way of stratifying and defining who we are. Though the restraints of social class readily subject us to the power of others, these restraints may also, when well understood, provide a springboard for advocacy and direct social action. This course provides an introduction to these concepts and exposes students to key texts in literature, film and other media as a way of fostering critical engagement and developing richer social responsibility through textual interpretation. 
    Grade 12
    Full year subject consisting of 2 components
    1 unit of credit
    Final project
    $699.00 (2020 rate) Syracuse University tuition. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn Syracuse University credit.

     WRT 181 - Writing Culture: Intro to Creative Nonfiction

    “Tell It Slant!” Explore creative nonfiction in a variety of sub-genres—memoir; biography; the personal essay; travel, science, and food writing; and “new journalism”—in a writing studio atmosphere, where you and your fellow writers can experiment with style, genre, and subject and read and analyze contemporary nonfiction masters. 
    Grade 11, 12
    One semester subject
    1/2 unit of credit
    Final project
    $336.00 (2018-2019 rate) Syracuse University tuition. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn 3 Syracuse University credits.

     Communication for College and Career

    This 21st century skill-driven curriculum prepares 11th grade students for the professional demands of the business world and higher education. Research, writing, and presentations are required, with an emphasis on honing written and oral communication skills. This course is only offered to Academy of Business and Finance students and is an Academy requirement . 
    Grade 11
    1 semester subject
    1/2  unit of credit
    Final project

    Creative Writing

    Students who choose this half–year elective course will write in a wide-variety of modes and genres while discovering their voices and strengthening their control of language. Highlights of the course include participating in poetry stations and “coffee house” author shares, building a tool-kit of language skills, creating a portfolio of various genres of writing, engaging in workshops with guest authors, submitting written work for publication, and taking a hiking and writing excursions.  
    Grade 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    1/2 unit of credit

    Journalism: Mass Communication

    Students learn the fundamentals of print and broadcast journalism through activities that include interviewing and reporting techniques, news, feature and sport writing, opinion writing, photo journalism, blogging, and layout and design techniques. Additionally, students study ethical issues related to journalism, trends in mass communication, and explore related fields including advertising and public relations.  
    Grade 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    1/2  unit of credit

    Theater: Acting & Directing

    This is a non-threatening, fun and interactive course where performance skills are explored through theater games, improvisation and acting exercises. Whether you’re shy or headin’ to Broadway, this course is one where your creativity becomes the centermost important aspect. Modern classic plays and film scripts will also be read in class.  
    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    1/2  unit of credit

    Theater: Writing for the Stage & Screen

    This course is an exploration of various dramatic texts and what it takes to bring them to life for the stage or camera. Storyboarding, brainstorming, and fun, interactive writing techniiques will be explored in class by anyone who ever wanted to write that play or screeplay that's in his or her head.  
    Grade 9, 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    1/2  unit of credit

      Public Speaking

    In this introductory speech course, students will participate in a wide variety of speaking situations. While public speaking may be the number one fear for many Americans, it is an essential life skill for all. No matter what your chosen career path, becoming confident, poised and articulate will set you apart from your peers. This class will provide a supportive atmosphere to help students learn how to present their best selves while overcoming the uncertainty sometimes associated with public speaking. Students will learn how to give informational presentations, lead discussions, prepare a demonstration speech and deliver an impromptu speech.  
    Grade 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    1/2  unit of credit

     Film Studies

    This course introduces students to the basics of film analysis, cinematic formal elements, genre, and narrative structure and helps students develop the skills to recognize, analyze, describe and enjoy film as an art and entertainment form. To understand how films are constructed to make meaning and engage audiences, students will be introduced to the basic “building blocks” and formal elements (narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, sound and editing) that make up the film as well as some fundamental principles of analysis, genre, style, performance and storytelling. The class includes weekly readings, screenings, and short writing assignments.  
    Grade 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    1/2  unit of credit

     Sports & Literature

    Sport functions as its own literature, complete with its distinct language, characters, conflicts, themes, symbols, setting, and points of view. We will be using a wide array of non-fiction sports writing—including articles, columns and essays—in addition to a variety of clips from TV journalism and cinematic documentaries to examine and analyze how language and image are used to establish a story: the always changing, always controversial story of sport. We will analyze several novels, short stories, poems, and films in order to discover how and why authors and directors use the world of sport to tell their stories.  
    Grade 10, 11, 12
    1 semester subject
    1/2  unit of credit