The English Department at San Rafael High School is committed to the belief that all students deserve a rigorous, challenging, and interesting education! We believe that by reading, discussing and writing about important ideas, our students learn the language arts skills they will need to be successful throughout school and their lives.
Course of Study
The College Preparatory Curriculum (CP) exposes students to curriculum approved for entrance into CSU/UC's. 9th and 10th grade students may take honors courses which are designed for students already reading and writing at an advanced level. In the 11th and 12th grade students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement English classes for which they may be eligible to receive college credit.
For students who are learning English as a second language, the English Department provides a course of study in English Language Development (ELD). This series of classes is designed to teach students oral English, reading and writing skills. The ELD program is designed to allow students as many academic options as possible.
The English department also runs a variety of intervention courses for students who need additional support to be successful. English Support 9-12 is a strategic support course and may be taken concurrently with college preparatory English classes. Read-180 is an intensive intervention for students reading far below grade level.
All English and ELD courses and interventions are designed to insure that students are meeting graduation requirements as well as being prepared to pass the California High School Exit Exam. We offer a CAHSEE prep course for students who need additional help to pass CAHSEE.
Below is a list of all courses offered by the English Department. Full course descriptions are available in the planning guide.
English/ELD Course Offerings
English 1-2 CP; English 3-4 CP; English 5-6 CP; English 7-8 CP; English 3-4 H; English 5-6 AP; English 7-8 AP; English Review; English 7-8; Read-180
Newcomer ELD/English 1-2; Beginner ELD/English 3-4; Intermediate ELD/English 5-6; Advanced ELD 7-8; Introduction to Literature