The goal of the English Department is to develop the students’ abilities to read, write, speak, and think. Emphasis is placed on:

  • Acquiring skills in writing and reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary and spelling
  • Library use and research methods
  • Grammar
  • Various media
  • Basic genre
  • Understanding and appreciation of literature

Students are expected to read and write in every English class. All English courses are designed to prepare students for college.


9th grade

Every student begins their English experience at CDH with an innovative inter-disciplinary course called Values, which involves the English, social studies and religion departments.

10th & 11th grade

Students then have the option to enroll in College Prep or Honors English their sophomore and junior year, focusing on international and domestic literature respectively.

12th grade

Seniors may enroll in the honors interdisciplinary course Spectrum, the college style Readings in Literature or a College Prep English 12, or earn college credit with the CIS course Writing Studio.

There are many opportunities for college credit, and a full complement of electives.

To find out more about course options and class details, see the English Curriculum.

To learn more about our English faculty or to contact a teacher directly, take a look at our Staff Directory.

Graduation Requirement

Students are required to take four years of English.