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.

Read the Literature Philosophy Statement developed by the English Department and administration.

Clubs & Activities

  • The Quill (student newspaper)
  • The Tower (yearbook)
  • The Carpenter (literary magazine)
  • Graphic Novel Club
  • Storytellers’ Club
  • Student Marketing Team

Course Offerings

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

Mount Saint Joseph High School

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