The goal of the English Department is to provide opportunities for girls to build their literacy skills across multiple modalities—reading, writing, speaking, listening, analysis, and media. Courses provide students with literary works from a wide range of time periods and cultures beginning in the ninth grade with a focus on global literature and cultural awareness. In 10th grade students work on understanding aspects of successful narratives, and in 11th and 12th grade they may take semester-long electives that provide opportunities for in-depth looks at topics of interest in both classical and modern literature. Two different AP English offerings are available for qualified 11th and 12th graders. The English Department also sponsors independent studies, Pathways projects, the annual essay contests, and occasional oratory competition.