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  Language Arts Classes for the College Bound

Take a look at the language arts courses we offer.

Writing for College Admissions Apps

Do you have a high school sophomore, junior, or senior who is planning to dual enroll, take the TSI, ACT, or SAT?  Is your family barreling at light-speed toward the college application process? Would you like for your student to receive writing coaching to prepare them for writing the essays associated with the TSI, ACT, SAT? Does your teen need help with the essays required on the common app?  How about reading skills or grammar skills?  Does your teen need to brush up on the skills that are required to be successful on the reading comprehension and editing portions of these tests?  This semester-long class will provide your student direct instruction in writing effective essays in timed situations, practice in writing within time constraints, feedback and directions for improving writing, and the opportunity to complete a polished draft of two essays which can be used for college application essays. In addition, we will work on critical reading and analysis skills and review key grammar and editing concepts which are tested on these tests.  Students will take at least one practice TSI, ACT, and SAT.  Register here.

Cost: $300. All materials provided. 

Honors Middle School 

Language Arts

and High School Honors

Language Arts Courses

Middle School Language Arts I, IIA, and B

For the 2017-2018 school year, Middle School Language Arts I, aimed at 6th-7th graders, is offered only at the Round Rock campus, 9:00-11:30.  Both Middle School Language Arts I and II focus on a particular theme each year, For the 2017-2018 school year, Middle School Language Arts IIA is reserved for students who have previously completed Middle School Language Arts I or for students entering 7th or 8th grade.  Middle School Language Arts IIB is reserved for those students who are finishing Middle School Language Arts IIA and who may not be ready to enter Introduction to Fiction or who are entering 8th grade.  All middle school language arts classes are academic classes that involve developing composition skills, increasing vocabulary,  encouraging critical reading skills, and  introducing various literary techniques and conventions through a variety of means.  We will attack critical reading skills and literary techniques and conventions through employing literature circles to read, discuss, and analyze a variety of novels, poems and plays. Students will read and discuss self-selected literature, learn the structure of different pieces of literature, the terms and tools required for literary analysis, and hone their writing skills. Usually the novels chosen are organized around a central theme, genre, style.  These classes are designed to prepare students for the demands of high school language arts classes.  In addition, regular practice to develop vocabulary will be assigned.  Students will be given regular tests and quizzes.  Previous classes include topics like novels that have been made into movies and novels about knights, dragons, and castles.  Register here.

Cost:  $560 per year--$280 per semester--including registration.  Parents can choose to pay in 8 monthly payments, or $70 per month, if that fits their budget better.

English I:  Introduction to Literature

To register for this course, students should be in 9th grade, have completed Middle School Language Arts, or received approval of the instructor to register for this course.  Upon completion of Introduction to Literature, students will have an increased ability to understand and analyze literature. These goals will be accomplished through literature circles, culminating in a group project and presentation and individual and independent projects which will include a writing component.  These activities are designed to enhance students' skills and apply the skills they have learned.  Through this course, students will read a broad array of  classic literature, ranging from the Greek tragedy Oedipus Rex to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, and contemporary pieces by authors such as Earnest Hemingway and Maya Angelou.  Improving writing skills will be at the center of this class.  Students will receive consistent instruction, practice, and evaluation regarding planning, writing, and editing effective essays.  Grammar and vocabulary instruction will be a regular part of the class.  In addition, students will take regular quizzes, tests, a mid-term and semester exam.  Register here.

Cost:  $560 per year--$280 per semester--including registration. 

Parents can choose to pay in 8 monthly payments, or $70 per month, if that fits their budget better.

Special Note:  

Students may register for the following classes, which can be taken in any order, upon successful completion of Middle School Language Arts and Introduction to Literature.  Students who have not met this prerequisites should submit writing samples and reading lists in order to gain instructor approval to enroll.  Finally, upon successful completion of all four (4) high school language arts classes, students will be prepared to take the CLEP Test in College Composition (The modular exam provides six (6) hours credit for the two, required freshman composition classes), Introduction to Literature, American Literature, and British Literature to earn a total of fifteen (15) college credits at the end of their senior year of high school.

English III:  American Literature

In this course, students read and analyze works of American literature from colonial to contemporary times, including poetry, short stories, novels, drama, and nonfiction.  These goals will be accomplished through a variety of in-class activities, including literature circles, culminating in a group project and presentation, and individual and independent projects which will include a writing component.  These activities are designed to enhance their skills and apply the skills they have learned. We will apply grammar, usage, and mechanics skills mastered through various editing exercises.  Students will continue to improve and develop their vocabulary through structured practice.  Finally, students will take regular tests and quizzes as well as midterm and semester exams. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the CLEP Test in American Literature to earn three (3) hours of college credit for this course.  Register here.

Cost:  $560 per year--$280 per semester--including registration.  Parents can choose to pay in 8 monthly payments, or $70 per month, if that fits their budget better.

English IV:  British Literature

In British Literature, students progress through centuries of literature in a loose chronological arrangement.  As we do, they will see themes emerge and understand how British literature, in particular, and literature, in general, is shaped by world events and changes in society. These goals will be accomplished through a variety of in-class activities, which may include literature circles, culminating in a group project and presentation, and individual and independent projects which will include a writing component.  These activities are designed to enhance their skills and apply the skills they have learned. We will apply grammar, usage, and mechanics skills mastered through various editing exercises.  Students will continue to improve and develop their vocabulary through structured practice.  Finally, students will take regular tests and quizzes as well as midterm and semester exams.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the CLEP Test for British Literature and earn three (3) hours of college credit for this course.  Register here.

Cost:  $560 per year--$280 per semester--including registration.  Parents can choose to pay in 8 monthly payments, or $70 per month, if that fits their budget better.

College Writing

College Writing is a two semester course that mirrors the demands of required freshman composition courses at colleges and universities.  Students enrolling in College Writing should have a good grasp of the basics of grammar and planning, organizing, and writing a standard, five-paragraph essay.  During the first semester, we will be learning about and practicing writing in the various rhetorical modes.  Rhetorical modes are ways of organizing and presenting information to achieve a desired goal and include description, narration, illustration, comparison-contrast, problem solution, definition, classification, etc.  The second semester of the class will encourage students to apply what they have learned about organizing information in more academic writing that relies on outside sources to develop an argument.  We will read a variety of short stories, non-fiction from various disciplines, and use these readings as a way to generate ideas for short, research-based essays.  Students will learn useful, effective, time-saving tools to format essays in both MLA and APA formats as well as document the sources they use in their papers.  Finally, we will explore and learn the benefits of the various research tools and databases which will be available to them as college students.  Principles of grammar and mechanics will be taught through editing exercises and revision of essays. Periodic tests and exams will be part of the course. Register here.

Cost:  $560 per year--$280 per semester--including registration.  Parents can choose to pay in 8 monthly payments, or $70 per month, if that fits their budget better.