Mount St. Mary Academy’s English program is rated #1 out of 136 public and private schools throughout Western New York by Buffalo’s Business First. The department focuses on developing higher level thinking skills and preparing students for the rigors of reading and writing at the college level. Students learn to identify and analyze literary elements in different types of literature. Additionally, we teach students research skills, emphasize the importance of various types of writing and the writing process, and work on developing an SAT level vocabulary from freshmen year on.
- English I Regents and Honors
- English II Regents and Honors
- English III Regents and Honors
- AP Literature and Composition
- English IV Survey and Honors
- NUStep English I and II
- Journalism I, II, III, and IV
- Lessons of Life Through Literature
- Women in Literature
- Creative Writing
- Lessons in Lyrics
MSM also offers an English Practicum class for students to improve vocabulary development, to learn Latin and Greek root words, to develop reading fluency and comprehension, and to improve writing skills that are necessary for success in high school studies. This course is funded by the generosity of one of our alumnae and students taking this course have improved their reading level by 3+ grade levels.
All of our Freshmen take a Foundations of Learning course. This course introduces students to the foundations of vocabulary building and of critical thinking. Through a basic introduction to the Latin language, students will begin to expand their vocabulary and familiarity with English grammar.