Conventions—spelling, grammar, usage, mechanics—are explicitly taught in the context of a student’s writing and analyzed in the context of a student’s reading.
In order to meet the New York State Board of Regents graduation requirements, students are required to complete four units of English and pass the English Language Arts Regents Exam (usually given during a student’s 11th grade year).
All three high schools in the Williamsville Central School District, although they pursue the same goals and objectives through their course offerings, represent different learning environments.
These environments are a function of the student, as well as the teachers and community surrounding the school.
Film Study enables students to be more literate in an image and sound driven society.
Speech and Communication is a 20-week elective in which students develop awareness and expertise in all components of the complex communication process—sender, receiver, message, and medium—that are essential to becoming an effective communicator.
The Williamsville Central 9-12 English program supports an integrated approach blending writing together with reading, speaking, listening, literature and language study.
Complex activities involving a variety of activities and steps deeply engage students in topics resulting in meaningful exchanges with peers and adults about important issues.
Students participate in weekly class workshops designed to generate honest responses and helpful criticism.
They learn how to package and submit their work for publication outside of school.