English Curriculum


The English Department is dedicated to instilling a strong knowledge of literature and writing with the hope that all our students develop a love for the written word and a desire to continue their studies of writing and literature in college.

All Orinda Academy English classes teach applicable literary terminology and the development of themes and techniques in various literary genres. Our writing program focuses on the knowledge and application of grammar rules and on the development of ideas through a coherent thesis in a well-organized essay.

Grades 6-9

Our lower division English classes develop a passion for reading through multi-cultural and traditional world literature.

Grades 10-12

Upper division English courses focus predominately on the study of American and European Literature. There is also an emphasis on studying vocabulary and writing with the goal of helping students to perform well on the SAT exam, college admission essay writing, personal statements, AP exams, and ultimately in their college careers.

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