Writing Program Overview

Our Approach

Our writing courses are taught twice per week and invite active student participation through discussion and application exercises. Our writing program is designed to serve students from a broad range of skill levels. Our standard writing course (Writing A/B) is designed to help students who have some basic writing skills in place, but need to practice intermediate skills such as performing research, constructing essays, and polishing grammar and spelling. Our honors writing course (Writing – Honors A/B) is designed to help students who already have basic research, essay construction, and grammar skills to develop more sophisticated writing skills, such as narrative and persuasive research essays and blog articles, in addition to crafting messages for other modern media. Students register for the course they believe best suits their needs, and during the first week of class, students complete a placement assessment to confirm that they are in the right course for their skill level. Most students complete Writing or Honors Writing in 9th grade, and completing one of these courses is required for graduation.

Students take a writing placement assessment during the first week of class to ensure they are in the appropriate course, but we encourage students to take the placement assessment early. Just download the placement assessment and follow the instructions for submitting on the assessment itself.

Students who want more writing practice beyond 9th grade should take our Journalism course, which is open to high school students of all ages, helps students understand the role journalism plays in our culture and gives students the opportunity to work on our school newspaper. Students who test out of our 9th grade writing courses on the placement assessment can take Journalism to satisfy their required credit of writing.

High School Writing Courses

CoursesRecommended GradeCreditDelivery FormatPrerequisites
Writing & Rhetoric A90.5LiveNone
Writing & Rhetoric B90.5LiveWriting & Rhetoric A
Writing & Rhetoric A (Honors)90.5LiveNone
Writing & Rhetoric B (Honors)90.5LiveWriting & Rhetoric A (Honors)