English

The English course offerings provide a program to develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and thinking. These skills can best be developed through an integrated language arts approach, a commitment to recognizing the worth of each student and the accommodation of individual instructional needs. 

All courses include study appropriate for the grade level in the following four related strands: communication/multimodal literacies, reading/literature, writing and research. 

9th and 10th Grade English: Students will read and critique literary works from a variety of eras and cultures. 

11th and 12th Grade English: Students will study American literature, both classic and contemporary, at the 11th grade level. British literature and literature of other cultures will be studied at the 12th grade level. 

Students will be tested on the English Standards of Learning for Grades 9–11 during the 11th grade. Students who fail SOL reading or writing tests in the 11th grade should attend an SOL English remediation class during the summer. Students may be retested during the summer to earn verified units of credit to meet graduation requirements. 

The English department offers several options for each required course. Students are encouraged to select the option which best meets their educational goals and individual needs. English 9 is the prerequisite for English 10, and English 10 is the prerequisite for English 11.

English

1130/1130SC (ENGLISH 9)
1 Credit

1140/1140SC (ENGLISH 10)
1 Credit
Prerequisite: English 9

1150/1150SC (ENGLISH 11)
1 Credit
Prerequisite: English 10

1160/1160SC (ENGLISH 12)
1 Credit
Prerequisite: English 11

These one credit courses develop skills needed to communicate effectively through a study of the English language that includes the use of standard English and vocabulary. These courses prepare students for college, career, and work place readiness. Students become familiar with exemplary authors and literary works through a sustained and structured study of literature. 

Honors English

1130X (HON ENG 9)
1 Credit

1140X (HON ENG 10)
1 Credit
Prerequisite: English 9

These courses accelerate the curriculum to prepare students for the rigor of college level academics in the 11th and 12th grades and for the Advanced Placement Test. These in-depth courses are recommended for students who are able to study deeply and broadly. Students should be confident that they can and will do the quantity and quality of work required. Students need to be self-motivated and independent learners. These courses may require summer reading for students. See Guidelines for Placement of Students in Honors/AP/Dual Enrolled Classes. 

AP English 11

1196X (AP ENG 11)
1 Credit
Prerequisite: English 10

The AP course in English Language and Composition engages students in becoming skilled readers of prose written in a variety of periods, disciplines and rhetorical contexts, and in becoming skilled writers who compose for a variety of purposes. Both the writing and the reading make students aware of the interactions among a writer’s purposes, audience expectations and subjects as well as the way generic conventions and the resources of language contribute to effectiveness in writing. The course accelerates the curriculum to prepare students for the rigor of college level academics at the 11th grade level and meets both the requirements for the state Standards of Learning and the requirements for the AP Language and Composition course. Dual enrollment through Lord Fairfax Community College may be available for this course. This course may require summer reading. 

AP English 12

1195X (AP ENG 12) 
1 Credit
Prerequisite: AP English 11

This course accelerates the curriculum to prepare students for the rigor of college level academics at the 12th grade level and for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition Test. This in-depth course is recommended for students who are able to study deeply and broadly. Students should be confident that they can and will do the quantity and quality of work required. Students need to be self-motivated and independent learners. Dual enrollment through Lord Fairfax Community College may be available for this course. This course may require summer reading.