The English Department at Chaminade High School combines the objectives of a sound college preparatory liberal arts education with the specific Characteristics of Marianist Education that are the foundation of the school’s mission. To this end, both regular and honors level English courses in each of the four grade levels provide a study of literature that facilitates the development of the whole student in the Marianist tradition.
To effectively foster the development of creative and critical thinkers and writers, the English courses are designed to provide a rich literary experience that allows students to discover who they are, helps them become more aware of the world around them, and challenges them to examine issues that are relevant to the universal human experience. In a way that underscores the Characteristics of Marianism, the literature selections in each course present issues such as individual responsibility, faith formation, the role of community, family spirit, respect, acceptance, understanding, service, and self-sacrifice. Through in-depth class discussion and frequent writing about these and other issues, students in each grade level explore the world of ideas in a variety of texts and learn to develop their own interpretations through close reading, careful analysis, and solid prose.