• The Philosophy of the English Department is to enhance the reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and research skills of our students by exposing them to a variety of genres and cultures through the study of literature. Students will draw connections between the literature and their world while broadening their vocabularies and honing their analytical and critical thinking skills. Our goal is to foster the next generation of lifelong readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers. Reading courses are offered for students on a supplemental basis. Working with the English teachers, the reading teacher helps support struggling readers in their English classes and remediate students so that they are performing at or near grade level.