• English
     
    Overview: 
     
    High School
    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 listening.

    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.
     
    During the 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.

    The 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 course.
     
    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 Creative Writing.