The goal of the English program at
Hershey High School is to develop students who are both effective
communicators and critical consumers of a variety of texts to prepare
them for success in our increasingly complex, information-driven
society. Over the course of four years, students will acquire and refine
specific skills and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, and
Derry Township School District requires that
students complete four and a quarter (4.25) credits of English to
fulfill graduation requirements.
In ninth grade,
students are required to take a year-long, one-credit English course.
There are three academic placement levels, including fundamental,
college preparatory and honors.
In tenth grade,
students again are required to take a year-long, one-credit English
course. There are three academic placement levels, including
fundamental, college preparatory and honors. In addition, students must
also complete Academic Literacy, a semester-long course meeting every
other day, for one quarter credit.
eleventh grade year, students have a variety of options, depending on
academic level. The fundamental English 11 course is a full-year,
one-credit course. At the college preparatory level, students choose two
semester-long, half-credit courses from various thematic
concentrations; however, despite the different content, all of these
courses help students develop the same skills. The courses include Great
Books, Media Studies, Hero’s Journey and Multicultural Literature. More
advanced students who are ready for college-level work may take AP
English Language and Composition, a year-long, one-credit course.
twelfth grade year is structured similarly to the eleventh grade year.
The fundamental English 12 students take two semester-long, half-credit
courses: Communications and Contemporary Literature. At the college
preparatory level, students choose two semester-long, half-credit
courses from options including Creative Nonfiction, Film Studies, Words
that Change the World, and Science Fiction Literature. Advanced students
may take AP English Literature and Composition, a year-long, one-credit
The English Department also offers a
variety of electives to allow students to explore a variety of
interests, including Journalism, Speech and Debate, Theatre Arts, and