An English classroom at Seton High School is robust and full of energy. Students are engaged in hands-on learning activities designed to develop the critical reading, thinking, speaking, listening, and writing skills necessary for success in college and careers.
Through challenging selections from fiction and non-fiction genres, students engage in intensive discussions that lead to a deeper appreciation of the written word. Writing skills emphasize accuracy of expression as well as the development of vocabulary improvement and information literacy. Students develop a broad range of research skills, synthesizing multiple sources of information and citing credible, reliable sources according to the Modern Language Association (MLA). Both small group and whole class discussions are student-led allowing students to clearly and effectively communicate their ideas in an authentic conversation.
To fulfill diploma requirements, 4 units of credit must be accumulated. Please see our Curriculum Guide for course descriptions and program requirements.
English Department electives create engaging and authentic environments that offer hands-on and relevant real-world experiences. Our graduates are well-prepared for fields in Communications and Journalism based on their experience in the English classroom and participation in English electives.
In addition to HerStory (WST 150), Seton High School offers two Advanced Placement courses which are also each available for college credit.
Students have the opportunity to be simultaneously enrolled in these courses and also potentially earn valuable college credit through Seton High School’s strong partnership with Mount Saint Joseph University. Overall, 9 college credits are available through Seton High School's Language Arts Department.
Please visit AP & Early College Credit (Dual Enrollment) for details and to see a complete listing of both AP and Early College Credit Courses available.
Each senior participates in The Senior Capstone, a semester-long academic research experience, which is supported through the second half of a student’s senior English class. Please visit Senior Project for more details about this unique learning opportunity.
Seton’s English Department engages with local colleges and universities in addition to other local and national organizations to offer students opportunities to participate in meaningful life-long learning and real world activities. Such opportunities include: