English Department

The English Department of Elmwood Park High School strives to create an environment that is conducive to prolonged learning and the development of each student as a reader, writer, thinker and speaker.

Each year we spend a great deal of time re-evaluating the needs of our students and making the necessary curriculum changes that will benefit them.

By the time our students graduate, they will be socially conscious, inquisitive young adults who are capable of problem solving in an ever-changing social climate.

Focusing on the Individual

We understand that the world is much larger than our classrooms. We develop a strong rapport with each student, because it is our belief that a scholastic atmosphere must be built on trust and mutual respect.

Our standards-aligned, skills-based curriculum fosters student growth within a variety of media and differentiated instructional methods.

We understand that each student learns differently. Because of this, we offer a wide variety of resources to ensure the progression of every individual.

AP Opportunities

Our curriculum ranges from Effective Writing, a semester-long course required of all freshmen, to electives in creative writing and public speaking.

We also offer both of the College Board's Advanced Placement classes in English studies:

AP English Language and Composition
This course, for 11th graders, focuses on rhetorical analysis of nonfiction texts and the development and revision of well-reasoned, evidence-centered analytic and argumentative writing. 

AP English Literature and Composition
This course, for 12th graders, focuses on reading, analyzing and writing about imaginative literature (fiction, poetry, drama) from various periods.

Both classes are designed to give students the opportunity to engage in a typical introductory-level college English curriculum. 

Additional details about the full array of English courses available at EPHS can be found here.

It Is Our Vision …  

Perhaps the best way to understand how we envision our role as a department is to hear directly from our faculty members:

"Our vision is to curate an appreciation for complexity, and in the process, create active listeners and effective communicators who will contribute to the development of our society."
— Ms. Kendal Ahlmann

"It is our vision to make our English students critical readers, writers and thinkers."
— Mr. Martin Blake

"Our vision is for all students to develop a universal understanding of key writing elements and forms, as well as a common vocabulary for discussing them."
— Ms. Christina Heinen

"It is our vision to model and encourage students to actively read a variety of texts with the intent to identify an author's message and purpose, analyze language, and discuss these literary pieces in order to gain a better understanding of the world we live in today."
— Ms. Jessica Leonette

"Our vision is to encourage our students to be lifelong learners who read critically, write concisely, and speak conscientiously about the subjects that matter to them as individuals and to us as a community."
— Ms. Kathryn Merkouris

"Our vision is to develop critical and creative thinkers who collaborate and communicate effectively. We strive to inspire and motivate our students — to help them become lifelong learners and to understand that reading, writing, speaking and listening are universal skills that will be used throughout their lives."
— Ms. Stephanie Peache

"Our vision as an English Department is to help students become analytical thinkers and to develop more empathy through the reading of a wide variety of contemporary and classic literature. We aim for students to be able to articulate complex ideas verbally and through writing in order to be prepared for college and for collaboration within the workforce."
— Ms. Jamie Wendt

To Learn More

For more information about the EPHS English Department and the instruction it provides, please visit the links below.

English Courses

English Faculty