Kennedy Catholic English
"That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong."
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
"There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul."
— Emily Dickinson
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
— Jorge Luis Borges
Coursework focuses on the classics and hones the skills of English Language Arts: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
All students take the NYS English Regents in June of sophomore year. (2021 pass rate = 98%)
In order to ensure retention of knowledge and skills and to prepare for the new academic year, all students read and write over the summer. Another goal is to promote reading for enjoyment.
English Department Course Offerings
All juniors take a supplementary one-semester course: College Writing (3 credits offered through St. John’s University) or College Placement & Career Planning Seminar. Each writing course has a speech component as well. Seniors may opt to take Advanced Research and Development.
Beyond the classroom, students can partake in enrichment activities such as the English Speaking Union Shakespeare competition and the On My Mind publication.
A few years later, she also earned her MA in English from SUNY New Paltz. Bethany holds New York State Professional Educator Certification (English 7-12) and is overjoyed to be working at her alma mater.