St. Ignatius

Course Catalog: English Department

INTRODUCTION — The graduation requirements at St. Ignatius College Preparatory include eight semesters of English.  The English Department attempts to accomplish two major changes in the students before graduation.  Our first goal is to enable the students to express themselves in clear and precise prose.  The second is to give them the critical thinking skills necessary to understand and interpret works of literature in narrative, poetic, and dramatic form.  Our belief is that with these two skills the graduates can present themselves for their college education and be able to learn from the people and texts that they will encounter in college.  Toward this end, we present reading assignments which are of lasting human value and which are predicated on the ultimate judgment that the human is of inexpressible worth.  This worth is specifically perceived in the quality of hope that underlies the human imagination.  Our department, therefore, is at once concerned with both technical and transcendent values because we believe the human being is given the responsibility for immediate and eternal relationships: relationships with the human and the divine.

CRITERIA FOR HONORS ENROLLMENT — Students wishing to enroll in Honors or Advanced Placement courses in the English Department must apply for admission.  This process asks students to complete an application with a xeroxed, corrected copy of an analytical essay from their current English class and a report of the student’s semester grades in his/her current English course.  Students enrolled in a Regular English class who wish to advance to honors must have a first semester grade of A or A- to be eligible for honors' consideration.  In addition, the student should have maintained a 3.3 GPA in his/her English courses and in the overall course of study at St. Ignatius. These latter, however, can be supplemented by a high recommendation from the current teacher and/or a particularly good application.  Application forms are made available to the student well in advance of the course registration sheet in order to allow ample time to complete the application and submit it to the teacher for a recommendation. The Department Chair in consultation with the honors committee will make the final selection for Honors/Advanced Placement classes.

Senior English Classes

Seniors may structure their senior English courses with one AP course (Area I), or two single-semester classes from Areas II (Individual Authors), III (Genre), or IV (The Act and Art of Writing). Students may choose their two courses from the same area.

Entrance to the Advanced Placement course (Area I) is by the same application as for honors classes.  Interested and qualified students may apply for the Advanced Placement course even though they are not currently enrolled in the junior honors course.  Students who have not been preselected into the Advanced Placement course may not list that course on their course request sheet.