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Program of Studies

Welcome to the English Department homepage, where you’ll find information about who we are, what we do, and what’s happening in our upstairs labyrinth.

Our Mission

In every course at every level, our goal is to nurture students’ critical thinking and communication skills. By helping students explore a variety of text and use language to articulate their ideas in different ways, we encourage them to develop agility and awareness as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.

Our Program

All students are required to follow the primary sequence of four full-year core English courses, typically starting with Academic English I in the freshman year and concluding with Academic English IV in the senior year. Students who qualify for advanced study have the opportunity to engage in Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) and AP courses, as well as a dual-enrollment community college course during their senior year.

We also offer several elective courses that may be taken in addition to the core program of study. Current elective offerings include Creative Writing, Journalism, Understanding Film, and Literature of Sports.

Events and Opportunities:


The Telling Room's annual, themed, creative writing contest allows youth from all over the state of Maine to show off their writing chops. The contest runs from December 20 through January 31, 2019. A panel of professional writers selects one grand prize winner who will receive $200 and publication in our annual anthology. The contest is open to Maine writers ages 12-18 working on prose or poetry related to this year's theme: VOICES. 
Submission deadline: January 31, 2019, at midnight.


Young Writers USA invites all high school students to submit to Poetry Escape, a contest challenging students to write a poem about something they are passionate and inspired about. 
Submission deadline: February 15, 2019

Emily Vail - Department Head Jessica Belanger
Eric Bosarge Tracy Boucher Corrie Calderwood Lianna Fenimore
Allison Lundquist Elizabeth Monaco
Jason Prince
RTI - Hilary Martin

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