The English curriculum at Byram Hills is aligned with the New York State Learning Standards for English Language Arts and the Common Core Learning Standards. Students learn to read, write, listen, and speak: for information and understanding, for literary response and expression, for critical analysis and evaluation, and for social interaction. At all grade levels, a mix of classic and contemporary literature is the major component through which students learn the skills associated with close reading. The writing program teaches formal expository essays, as well as many personal and creative writing modes. At each grade level, students complete research projects. Effective listening and speaking skills are promoted through lessons that actively involve students in a wide variety of class discussions and oral discourse.
Duane Smith, Chairperson, Grades 6-12