The English department is dedicated to fostering the understanding, appreciation, and creative expression of thought and meaning through the use of language in its core curriculum and electives. English courses combine a survey of various literature selections with the study of critical reading, new vocabulary, writing strategies, research skills, grammar usage, and public speaking. Overall, the curriculum is writing intensive.

Staffed by carefully selected and trained juniors and seniors, the Ursuline Writing Center is a service for students seeking dialogue and assistance regarding their writing. Through one-on-one sessions of reading, response, conversation and writing -- peer tutors assist students to become their own best composers and editors. Within this format, the center’s core mission is to support writing at all grade levels and in all subjects and offered languages.

English Courses

  • English I
  • English I Honors
  • English II
  • English II Honors
  • English III
  • English III Honors
  • English IV
  • English IV Honors
  • American Studies (interdisciplinary English and Social Studies course)
  • AP Language and Composition
  • AP Literature and Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • Public Speaking

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Our program is based on the belief that all writing is creative and that through introducing, teaching and reinforcing writing types and specific skills in a sequential manner, teachers encourage mastery and proficiency in the art of writing.

Join the LIVE Microsoft Teams meeting to talk with English faculty members:

Join the Teams meeting on Saturday, October 31 between 10:30am - 12:30pm

Join the Teams meeting on Sunday, November 1 between 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Guidelines for joining live meetings:

  • Access instructions for joining Microsoft Teams meetings here.
  • Please mute your microphone when entering and stay muted when not speaking (to avoid unnecessary static on the call).
  • When you enter a live meeting, please introduce yourself in the chat with your/your daughter’s name, grade, and current school.
  • If more than four people are in the meeting at one time, please raise your hand to ask a question (using the "raise your hand" function) or type it in the chat.
  • If you do not have the Microsoft Teams app and you are accessing through your web browser, you will be able to access the meeting but you will only see the person who is actively speaking in the meeting. This is perfectly fine, we just want you to be aware.

Did you know?

  • Ursuline has a student-staffed Writing Center just like you will find at most universities. The Writing Center is a service for students seeking dialogue and assistance with their writing. Any student can make an appointment to meet with a writing center tutor during a free mod.

  • Ursuline offers many language-arts oriented clubs including Newspaper, Yearbook, Book Club, Writing in Community, and Theatre Arts Group.

  • Ursuline offers two AP English courses as well as electives such as creative writing, public speaking, drama, and American Studies, which is an interdisciplinary English and Social Studies course.