English / Theatre Department
English: The English department offers college core and honors courses beginning freshman year.
- Freshmen: English I
- Sophomores: English II
- Juniors: English III
- Seniors: See new Courses and explanations below.
Theatre: The Theatre department offers the following courses:
- O'Plaine Campus: Intro to Theatre, Acting I
- Almond Campus: Acting I, Acting II, Theatre Design and Technology
Please see the curriculum guide for more detailed information on these courses.
Senior English Changes for the 2020-2021 School Year
We are excited to announce some new English opportunities for the Class of 2021. Beginning in the 2020-2021 School Year we will be introducing two new English Courses to prepare our students for post-secondary studies. These courses were created by our English Department in collaboration with the College of Lake County and will offer our students college credit or the ability to begin taking college credit English during a student’s first year at College of Lake County or many other colleges and universities.
The first course is Honors Language and Composition. This is a dual-credit course, meaning that successful completion of this course counts as a high school graduation requirement and as college credit at the College of Lake County. This credit is then transferable to many other major colleges and universities. This course provides an excellent opportunity for our students to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school.
Students will be placed in Honors Language and Composition if they meet certain criteria proving college readiness as outlined in our agreement with the College of Lake County. Students must prove college readiness through an English score of 470 or higher on the PSAT10 or the PSAT/NMSQT. All sophomore students take the PSAT10 and the PSAT/NMSQT is an optional test for juniors taken in the fall. Students may also qualify to participate in this course if they have an unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher after 5 semesters.
The second new course is Language and Composition. This will be for students who are not deemed college ready in English as outlined in our agreement with the College of Lake County, as evidenced by their score on the PSAT10. A score below 470 indicates that a student is not yet college-ready. This course is designed to provide experience with critical reading, writing, thinking, and research skills to prepare the students for college-level coursework. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to enroll directly in credit-bearing English courses at the College of Lake County and many other colleges and universities avoiding placement exams or remedial English courses.
Students currently enrolled in AP Language and Composition should register for AP Literature and Composition. Students who choose not to take AP Literature and Composition for their senior year can select from any of the other semester-long English options. Students enrolled in AP Language and Composition are not eligible to enroll in Honors Language and Composition or Language and Composition for the 2020-2021 School Year since these new courses cover the same skills as our AP Language and Composition course.
For a more detailed description of these courses and all of our English offerings, please refer to the curriculum guide found under the academics tab on our website, www.d121.org. If you have any questions about course offerings or questions regarding placement please contact me or your student’s guidance counselor.