The English Department at Pinkerton Academy firmly believes that a four-year language arts curriculum is essential for all students. Effective communication skills optimize students’ potential for living and working productively in a global community. In addition, the study of literature enhances students’ understanding of themselves and helps them realize and appreciate the diversities, commonalities, and complexities of the human condition. To this end,the curriculum focuses on a series of competency skills: Argumentative Writing, Informational Writing, Narrative Writing, Reading Literary, Reading Informational, Research, Technology, and Speaking/Listening.
Students are given every opportunity to acquire the many skills necessary to become effective writers, readers, and thinkers through a sequential program. All students choose from required courses that are leveled Honors, A, B, C, Explorations, and Foundations. This selection is based on achievement, post-secondary goals, motivation, scholastic responsibility, teacher recommendation, and parental approval. Leveling is intended to challenge students’ abilities and to allow them to reach for higher levels of success. In addition, students have opportunities to explore other interests through electives.