Language Arts


Elkhart High School West’s Language Arts Department is the school’s largest department, staffed with a total of 19 teachers.  The ESL (English as a Second Language) department is comprised of 3 teachers who oversee a specific curriculum for students. This ESL curriculum combines literature, writing, and heritage within the ESL instruction.  The remaining 16 teachers are assigned to various course assignments by both grade level and specialized programs that include opportunities such as Pre-AP coursework through the National Math and Science Initiative, AP credit, and Dual Credit from our partnering institution, Ivy Tech.

Freshman students are enrolled into Elkhart High School West Learning Community which establishes specialized instruction to meet the needs of various levels of learners.  Freshman students are assigned to one of three teams:  Apollo, Polaris, and Challengers.  Each team’s objective is to provide a level of instruction that meets the needs of students, encouraging success and educational growth based upon differentiated instruction and resources.  Tenth grade English provides a framework of instruction that increases the use of close-reading strategies that serve as a foundation for stronger comprehension among texts.  In addition, at the tenth grade level, students are continuing to develop their writing skills that are deeply connected to the texts utilized in class.  These skills are essential as 10th graders are preparing to take ISTEP and the English 10 End of Course Assessment.  As students transition into 11th grade, more options become available.  These include English 11 Academic and Advanced Language and Composition.  A greater range of courses are available once students reach their senior year. These courses include English 12 Academic, Advanced Composition, English Literature, and Advanced Literature and Composition.  In addition to required courses, Elkhart High School West’s Language Arts Department offers a number of courses that provide students with a range of opportunities rooted within writing and performance art.  These courses include Creative Writing, Journalism, Theater Arts, Yearbook, and Memorial’s school publication Genesis.

-Kerry Leader, Department Chair

For additional information about the Language Arts Program at Elkhart High School West, please contact Kerry Leader, Department Chair.


Language Arts Classes Offered

For full class descriptions, availability, credit fulfillment information and prerequisites, please see the Course Description Guide.

  • English 9A / English 9B
  • English 9 Skills
  • English 9H: Balancing Freedom and Responsibility
  • Speech
  • English 10A / English 10B
  • English 10 Skills
  • English 10H: Moving Toward World Citizenship
  • English 11A / English 11B
  • Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement (11th Grade)
  • English 12A / English 12B
  • Advanced Composition
  • English Literature
  • Language and Composition, Advanced Placement (12th Grade)
  • Creative Writing
  • Journalism
  • Student Publications: Genesis Magazine
  • Student Publications: Yearbook
  • Theatre Arts
  • Advanced Theatre Arts