The Gifted Honors English program serves academically
gifted students in grades nine through twelve. The class has
a seminar format which allows students to participate actively
in their learning. The teacher serves as a facilitator, using
the Socratic method to elicit critical inquiry. Instruction
is often individualized to accommodate various learning styles
and interests and to incorporate a variety of primary sources
and community resources. Twelfth grade meets as a class or independently.
Twelfth grade curriculum includes both independent study and
Major curriculum areas for all levels of the
high school program may include creative and expository writing,
literature analysis, debate and mock trial activities, Future
Problem Solving, independent research, and community action
and service projects.
Many classroom activities are interdisciplinary
and have a multicultural focus. All activities emphasize the
high level cognitive skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Activities allow students to extend their learning from the
SIGMA and ALPHA Programs and to further develop their skills
in critical thinking, creative problem solving, research, and
oral and written communication. Students receive English credit.
Permission to enroll in and to continue in
Gifted Honors English is based on student performance and teacher