Courses offered by the Brentwood High School English Department reflect our commitment to instructional excellence in the language arts and, wherever practicable, an interdisciplinary connection with the Social Studies Department. New York State Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy are addressed in every class so that students may develop the reading, writing, research and speaking skills to meet and exceed the requirements of the English Regents Exam, the SAT and other benchmarks of success, including college credit for Advanced Placement courses. The curriculum is designed to prepare our students for college and career readiness. Our program offers a variety of English courses that are designed to support all levels of student achievement and growth: Regents, Honors, Advanced Placement (AP) and Academic Intervention Service (AIS) courses reflect these available options. The portfolio system is used to build reading, writing, listening and speaking skills; the final exam is based on portfolio assessment.
We also offer elective classes to provide additional language arts learning opportunities based upon student interests. These classes seek to further develop students’ understanding and appreciation of literature and writing, and to foster a facility with language. While at the same time, these electives enable students to earn credits toward high school graduation and prepare them for a college course of study after graduation. These courses are full-year courses, offer 1 credit, and must be taken in addition to regular English course requirements.
Any student who fails English for the year must make it up in summer school; students will not be allowed to double-up in English the following year if they do not attend summer school and must take English courses in sequential order.
Every student, including incoming 10th graders, is encouraged to participate in the Summer Reading challenge and read at least one book in order to participate in the Summer Reading Fair in the Fall. Honors and AP level students will have a separate accompanying Summer Writing Assignment. All summer assignments must be completed by the start of the new school year. All English Department summer reading assignments and accompanying materials are posted annually on our district website.