An independent day school serving grades K-12 | St. Paul, MN


In the Upper School English program, students actively engage with literary works, explore both content and form, and acquire sophisticated skills in analysis, writing, and public speaking. In year-long foundational courses, Journeys in Literature (Grade 9) and American Literature (Grade 10), students build strong critical reading practices, deepen their expository and creative writing ranges, and grow assertive yet generous discussion skills. English electives in Grades 11 and 12 are semester-long courses focusing on three choice areas: literary studies and analysis, creative writing forms, and expository and analytical writing. Most courses are offered every other year. Students apply critical lenses, develop literary awareness and appreciation, extend knowledge through discussion and collaboration, and demonstrate sophisticated expression of ideas in writing and projects. Reading lists feature classical and contemporary literary works. Robust, award-winning programs in debate, journalism, and theater encourage students to deepen skills in performance and print. All Grade 11 and 12 English electives may be used in preparation for the English Composition AP exam.

English Course Descriptions

Journalism Course Descriptions

Debate Course Descriptions