Students at Harrison High School have fun exploring literature and language during their four years of required English courses. Students in our language arts classes develop strong critical thinking skills by learning how to interpret and analyze a variety of texts, and they also gain effective writing skills and techniques for engaging and persuading readers. We offer core, college prep, and Advanced Placement courses in addition to a variety of literary arts electives.
We have opened up our curriculum to allow for much more choice, including exciting English electives such as Creative Writing and Mythology, and many paths to earning the four required English credits for graduation including Humanities, a course that blends art, history, and literature of the world. Our pre-course reading assignments stimulate students' thinking and refresh their skills while the variety of required texts in each course increases students' ability to comprehend the more complex texts required for college and careers. Literature helps stimulate the imagination, improve thinking skills, and enhance vocabulary development - a process that helps students develop not only a love of literature but also the necessary skills for communicating effectively in college and careers.
our grading system
Our department works with standards-based grading, focusing on Common Core Curriculum frameworks and learning standards. Grading according to mastery of a standard reflects progress on specific learning standards. We make a clear distinction between academic achievement and learning skills. This grading practice supports effective teaching and more adequately defines student learning. Our grading system is rubric based, applied consistently to all students and explained clearly.
Students' major test grades no longer fall into a single test category. Assessments may be divided between categories, and we will record a grade in each category. Please contact your teacher if you have any questions or concerns.