The four-year English curriculum provides students with the skills and habits of mind to read, write, and speak confidently and competently about a broad range of texts. Each year, students hone their analytical skills by drawing on class discussions and independent close readings to craft thoughtful, subtle responses to literature from around the world.  A focus on the writing process and revision skills is integral to every course. Classes are discussion and activity-oriented, requiring students to become respectful of multiple perspectives, compassionate for others, and confident in expressing their ideas. All English courses are UC eligible, and all English 3 and 4 classes are designated as Honors courses.

Course Throughlines

Freshmen
  • How is my identity shaped by the journeys I take and my relationships with others?
  • How do my beliefs define me? 
  • How do stories help us to discover ourselves and the world?
  • What does it mean to discover my voice: when do I use it, how do I use it, and what power does it have?
Sophomores
  • How do I define ethics?
  • How do external forces influence our ethical thinking? How can these forces shape our decision-making process?
  • What is our universe of obligation? What responsibility comes with privilege?

There are no common curricular questions for 11th and 12th grade. 



Lick-Wilmerding High School

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A private school with public purpose, Lick-Wilmerding High School develops the head, heart, and hands of highly motivated students from all walks of life, inspiring them to become lifelong learners who contribute to the world with confidence and compassion.