The goal of the English Department is to help students attain a liberal arts perspective through the comprehensive study of and exposure to language and literature, especially as a reflection of human values and cultures, a presentation of the historical development of ideas, an opportunity to respond to and appreciate multiple perspectives, and the development of communications skills.
- Students will be provided with a wide variety of literary experiences through the study of American and world literature.
- Students will develop an appreciation of content, purpose, and structure in literature.
- Students will be provided training and practice in grammar, vocabulary development, and composition skills that enable the students to communicate effectively.
- Students will be provided, through language and literature studies, the opportunities for inquiry, collaborative learning, and critical thinking.
- Students will integrate technological tools into all areas of the English learning experience.
- Four credits in English are required at St. Joseph’s Academy:
- One credit of Literature and Composition is required of freshmen.
- One credit of World Literature and Composition is required of sophomores.
- One credit of American Literature and Composition is required of juniors.
- One credit of English courses is required of seniors. If not talking the one credit AP/ACC Senior English, one semester must be a writing-designated course and one a literature-designated course.
The Voice, founded in 1983, is the student newspaper of St. Joseph’s Academy. In 2017, it transitioned to a digital medium with a print news magazine four times per year. The digital version is available to be viewed by the public, and news magazines will be distributed at school to all students, administration, faculty, staff, parents and alumnae who pick up copies.