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English Class

The English Department is a vital part of the educational program. We are committed to providing our students with instruction that is consistent and supportive of our Catholic Christian values. Rooted in AHA's mission, we strive to educate the whole student: intellectually, spiritually, morally, and emotionally.

The English Department plays a primary role in preparing our students for the world outside of school. Thus, we challenge our students to use the study of literature and language to become responsible, moral, and faith-committed members of their society. The study of literature shows students the relevance of the human experience to their own lives and exposes them to the rich cultural diversity that surrounds them. Instilling a love for reading and an appreciation of language in our students is a prime goal of the department. We encourage our students to be active participants in the learning process and to question themselves, their instructors, and each other. Our students learn to promote change rather than to accept life passively, particularly where it concerns the welfare of others.

To ensure that our students will be successful in the future, we teach effective written and oral communication skills.  Since the world is ever-changing, the English Department attempts to give its students myriad skills and tools: articulate speech, clear writing for various audiences, effective and ethical technology use, and critical, analytical, and creative thinking skills. Our goal is to create life-long learners.

Department Learner Outcomes:

Upon graduation students will:

  • Exhibit competent spoken and written communication.

  • Comprehend demanding literature and technical writing.

  • Demonstrate critical, analytical, creative thinking, and problem solving skills.

  • Exhibit broad language and vocabulary skills.

  • Produce effective expository writing, research and synthesis skills.

  • Gain respect for each individual’s diversity and point of view.

  • Experience assigned reading inside and outside of the classroom.

  • Aquire skills and practice for collaborative endeavors.

  • Be well-prepared for college, career, and beyond.

  • Be proficient in using technology as a learning and resource tool. 

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) description can be found in Special Academic Programs.

List of English Classes

English Courses



AHA's Program of Studies is a comprehensive course catalog with a description of the school's requirements for graduation and for student honors. 

Please reference the catalog below as it is the official document of AHA. 

Case Unverzagt - Department Chair
Advanced Placement Language and Composition & English 11

Natalie Ahlm
English 10 & AP English Literature and Composition

Melanie Aylward
English 9 & English 12

Sarah Miles
English 11 & English 12

Gabrielle Meierhofer
Advanced English 9 & English 10

Theresa Cosgriff
English 9 & Advanced English 10