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Our English Department is committed to a rigorous course of study. Our goal is to foster critical thinking and a lifelong love of literature and learning. The Sequoia Union High School District English course of study is aligned with the Common Core Standards and Framework. The standards are composed of objectives for each grade level in the areas of language, critical thinking, speaking, writing, listening and reading, all based on the study of significant literature and non-fiction from various cultures and eras. Our English department is committed to teach to the standards. Students must pass four years of English to graduate; all courses are two semesters in duration.

Ninth-grade students are initially placed in classes based on the Gates-McGinitie reading test and teacher recommendations. However, students can remain at a current level or move up a level depending on their work ethic and skill level (as determined by the grade and teacher recommendation in the class)