As a unique, independent academy, Pinkerton Academy's mission is to strive to ensure the growth of all students in a challenging, respectful, and collaborative environment. The Academy fosters a student-centered community with purposefully designed, interactive and relevant learning opportunities.


The Pinkerton Academy English program begins with a full year of coursework starting in the 9th grade. As students transition to the more rigorous expectations of high school, Freshman Academy courses emphasize both academic accountability and perseverance. Students are expected to demonstrate effective management of deadlines throughout the writing process, and participate in regular practice for reading, grammar, and vocabulary. Freshman coursework also introduces students to independent research on both assigned and independent topics, familiarizing 9th graders with technologies that they will utilize throughout their high school careers. 


Grammar Lab Schedule

 2016-2017 School Year: TBD

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In general, 9th grade English curriculum is comprised of units that offer students opportunities to master essential skills in a variety of academic categories:


The forms of writing practiced throughout the Pinkerton English program are broken into three catories:

  • Argumentative 
  • Informational
  • Narrative


The 9th grade reading standards encourage study in the following genres:

  • Poetry, using Homer's The Odyssey
  • Fiction, using short stories and novels, including Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Drama, using Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
  • Informational Text, in the form of news, magazine and database articles

Speaking and Listening-15%

The ability to communicate clearly and listen thoughtfully is strongly emphasized in all English coursework. Areas of focus include:

  • A student's ability to engage in and propel discussion in a variety of settings
  • A student's ability to adapt the style and tone of their speech based on the task at hand (e.g. an informal discussion vs. an oral presentation)
  • The refining of speaking and listening skills through continuous feedback from both teachers and classmates


Research is essential in deepening students' understanding of any given topic, whether completed as part of a large project or done informally in class. Research skills include:

  • A students' ability to analyze different sources of information for credibility and relevance to the task at hand.
  • A students' ability to summarize and represent reseached information