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Our Program

English courses are required for all four years at Hanover High School.  All ninth graders take a year-long, genre survey course intended to elevate their skills and knowledge in preparation for their effective participation in the elective program in subsequent years.  In grades ten through twelve, students may select from the department’s rich array of elective offerings. Because our aim is to match individual students with the course and area of study best suited to their needs and interests, the English Department does not designate elective classes by grade level, nor do we have a required sequence of courses which all students must take.  We do require that students take at least two literature and one writing course. In place of more elaborate requirements, we require that students each year review with their current teachers their progress to date, their success in developing fundamental skills, their evolving intellectual interests, and so forth. Based on this individual review of a student’s needs, courses are chosen for the following year.

New Hampshire requires four years of English, and our department affirms that all students can improve their skills over time.  Therefore, we require all students to take an English class every semester that they are enrolled here at Hanover High as a full-time student.  The only exception is that a student who has exceeded the requirements in terms of English credits and has an educationally valid reason to not take English may petition the English Department for a waiver for a semester.


Students must take at least one writing course.  Students may take no more than two writing courses overall.  However, Fiction Writing and Journalism only count as a writing course for those students who need the writing credit.  Please note though, the English Department strongly discourages students’ taking two writing classes (APW, Comp I, Comp II, SWS, Journalism, Fiction Writing, and Intro to Creative Writing) in successive semesters either year-to-year or in a single year. Students interested in Senior Bridges for English credit should as juniors choose a first, second, and third choice for an English course and fill out the registration form in February — just as they would if they were not anticipating doing a Senior Bridges project.  

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