High School English

Details about the High School Language Arts curriculum

About High School English

The high school English curriculum provides a comprehensive study of language, literature, and language processes for grades nine through twelve. The Program of Studies for each grade level meets and exceeds the Virginia Standards of Learning for English, encompassing speaking, listening, viewing, and technology skills to complement the traditional language and literature.

Advanced English courses such as Honors English 9, 10, 11, and 12, Advanced Placement English, and the English courses in the International Baccalaureate program, provide a rigorous program of study for advanced students, and high school students also have the opportunities to extend their study of English through elective programs in journalism (newspaper), photojournalism (yearbook), speech, debate, and creative writing.

Graduation Requirements and Course Planning

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High School English Course Sequence

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  • Journalism 1
  • Journalism 2 
  • Journalism 3 
  • Journalism 4
  • Photojournalism (Yearbook) 1 
  • Photojournalism (Yearbook) 2 
  • Photojournalism (Yearbook) 3
  • Broadcast Journalism 1 
  • Broadcast Journalism 2
  • Broadcast Journalism 3 
  • Broadcast Journalism 4 
  • Advanced Composition 
  • Creative Writing 1
  • Creative Writing 2
  • Creative Writing 3
  • Speech
  • Debate 
  • Forensics 
  • Advanced Oral Communication
  • Film Study 
  • Reasoning Skills
  • Advanced Placement Language and Composition (AP Information)
  • Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (AP Information)
  • IB English I (IB Information)
  • IB English II (IB Information)