English / Language Arts

English Language Arts

Welcome to our vibrant community of magnet schools where we take pride in providing a high school English curriculum that aligns with the Connecticut Common Core Standards. Our educational approach is rooted in the values of demanding equity, embracing collaboration, acting with courage, and expecting excellence. We believe in nurturing well-rounded individuals who are not only academically proficient but also equipped with essential life skills.

Our high school English curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, effective communication, and a deep appreciation for literature. Through a diverse range of literary works, students explore different perspectives, cultures, and historical contexts, promoting a broader understanding of the world around them.  Our teachers design and refine the units of study providing students with differentiated learning experiences.  

We are committed to providing an inclusive learning environment where every student has equal access to educational opportunities. Our curriculum is designed to address the diverse needs and backgrounds of students, promoting equity and ensuring that each student can thrive academically.

Aligned with the Connecticut Common Core Standards, our curriculum ensures that students develop proficiency in key language arts skills. These standards guide the selection of texts, teaching strategies, and assessments, promoting consistency and excellence across all magnet schools.

For family focused information on the Common Core State Standards, please review the CT State Board of Education page about the standards

Throughout each unit, students will: 

  • Collaboration is at the heart of our approach. Students engage in collaborative learning experiences that encourage teamwork, communication, and the exchange of ideas. Teachers actively collaborate to share best practices, ensuring a dynamic and innovative educational experience for every student.
  • Our curriculum encourages students to engage with challenging and thought-provoking content. By confronting complex ideas and diverse perspectives, students develop the courage to think critically and form their own opinions, preparing them for the challenges of higher education and beyond.
  • Excellence is the standard in our magnet schools. We set high expectations for academic achievement and personal growth. Our dedicated teachers are committed to inspiring and supporting students to reach their full potential, fostering a culture where excellence is not just encouraged but expected.
  • English 9 - 12 Units of Study

How to Support Your Student at Home:  

As partners in your child's education, we invite you to actively engage with our community, attend events, and participate in the educational journey of your student. Together, we can create an enriching and empowering high school experience that prepares our students for success in the future.

The most important and effective way to support reading and writing growth is to provide time and space for your student to read and write independently for an extended period of time. Research shows that an extra ten minutes per day of reading can make a significant difference in a child’s reading success. Also make time for conversation at home. Discuss current events, shared interests, and future aspirations for education and career.

  • Visit museums, zoos, theaters, historical sites, aquariums, and other educational places to help increase your student’s  exposure to new knowledge and vocabulary.
  • Encourage friends and family to give books or magazine subscriptions to your child as gifts.  
  •  Involve your student in planning and researching family activities (e.g. reading recipes to plan a meal, planning a family trip, planning a home project, etc.).

Thank you for entrusting us with the education of your child. We look forward to a year of growth, discovery, and achievement.

Resources for Parents at Home:

For more information, please contact the Supervisor of English Language Arts, Sarah Fitzsimons, at [email protected]

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