High School Language Arts Program

Help your student learn what it takes to live a meaningful story.

How we guide your student

As your student grows towards adulthood, they’re becoming more aware of their unique perspective on life and the world around them. They are experiencing more and more opportunities to share their voice and be challenged by different views. You want your student to cultivate empathy, as well as have the confidence and capacity to express their own beliefs without alienating others. Our High School Language Arts Program accomplishes all of this by guiding your student through some of humanity’s best stories.

Mentors hand-pick the readings in these courses to spark transformations in high school students—moments when they see themselves and the world in an entirely new way. As students complete each reading, they feel the joys and sorrows of memorable characters and learn to see how the themes, plotlines, symbolism, and cause-and-effect in literature relates to their own daily lives. In addition to reading great novels and epic poems, students develop their writing skills through both critical analyses and creative projects. Students also gain a new awareness of how literature has shaped and been shaped by world events over time.

Students emerge from these courses with a more refined sense of their writing voice and greater confidence in their ability to use words to express themselves and inspire change in the world around them. They are well-prepared to succeed in future writing projects and move ahead in life as uncommonly clear communicators.

Please note that program and course descriptions are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Some courses require subscriptions e.g., Adobe software or online magazines that may not be covered by partner schools. Required books and materials are noted in this document, in SIS, and on individual course pages.