English at Lake Oswego High School is a four-year, primarily college preparatory program which includes both content (literature and language) and performance skills (reading, listening, thinking, writing, and speaking).
The English Department strives:
- to provide expert instruction in a literature-based program that integrates the study of vocabulary, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, and principles of composition; and
- to create a positive learning environment giving all students opportunities to develop their abilities to read critically and perceptively, to listen with understanding and openness, to think critically and creatively, to write with clarity and confidence, and to communicate precisely and effectively.
Appropriate adaptations to the regular program are made for students who are on IEPs, who qualify for 504 plans, or who need additional help in English.
Honors classes are offered at each level for students who have an extensive interest in English and who meet established English Department criteria as determined by application. The junior and senior level courses also comprise AP Language and Literature respectively.
Elective classes provide additional opportunities for students with specialized interests or needs.