High School ELA course offerings present students with a wide-array of options designed to meet the needs of a diverse cross-section of learners. Students are encouraged to schedule the appropriate level course based on their abilities levels, goals and interests, and teacher recommendations. All courses feature a skills-based curriculum, designed by North Allegheny ELA teachers and aligned to PA State Standards, that includes a diverse selection of grade-level appropriate fiction and nonfiction texts; instruction and assessment in multiple modes of writing and research practices; and speaking, listening, and multimedia presentation skills.
The English Language Arts Department also offers a variety of electives for students in grades 9 through 12. Electives include full year and part-time options for students interested in developing their skills in areas such as creative writing, public speaking, acting, film, broadcasting, journalism, and digital media design.
For a full list of ELA course offerings, including electives, please see the associated page of the Program of Studies.
Students entering Academic, Honors, and AP level courses in grades 9 - 12 are expected to complete required summer reading for their respective courses as laid out by course syllabi. Students will be provided a list of required titles for their course prior to the end of the previous school year. Whenever possible, digital copies of the texts will be provided to students for free through Actively Learn with access codes provided by the teacher. If students would prefer to read a physical copy of a text, they are responsible for acquiring their own copy.
A list of summer reading titles for each course can be found below.