The English Department focuses on developing students’ skills of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and thinking. Students read many types of texts, improve their literacy skills, perform research, and demonstrate the ability to think critically via class discussion and through their written work. Teachers integrate technology into courses. The skills learned in English classes connect to other disciplines and prepare students for future career opportunities.

Clubs & Activities

  • The Quill (student newspaper)
  • The Tower (yearbook)
  • The Carpenter (literary magazine)
  • Graphic Novel Club
  • Storytellers’ Club
  • Social Media Ambassadors Club

Course Offerings

Freshman Year
  • Elements of Writing (College Prep or Honors)
Sophomore Year
  • American Literature (College Prep or Honors)
Junior Year
  • British Literature (College Prep or Honors)
Senior Year
  • World Literature (College Prep or Honors)
  • African-American Literature (College Prep or Honors)
  • AP Literature & Composition
  • AP Language & Composition
  • Humanities
  • Grammar & Usage
  • Multimedia Journalism
    • Student conducts interview for live broadcast in Multimedia Journalism class.

Highlight: Solutions Showcase

Rachel Bruce, Department Chair

Every freshman, as part of his English course, participates in the Solutions Showcase program. This program enables each student to explore a significant question, to create something in response, and to present his results to an audience beyond the classroom.

Mount Saint Joseph High School

Mount Saint Joseph is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young men sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.