•  The mission of the RVHS English Department is to engage and activate a love of language in every student. Through poetry and prose, the classical canon and contemporary pieces, our students are continuously presented with thought-provoking and rigorous material. Our goal is to promote literacy and to meet the 5 C's of success: creative & critical thinking, collaboration, communication, & citizenship. 

    At Riverside, our students will:

    • communicate and collaborate effectively in written and oral discourse

    • think, analyze, and write critically

    • understand, consider, and respect multiple perspectives and cultures

    • value and appreciate the power of language through reading and writing

    • take on challenges and reflect on their own progress

    • become well versed in technology and the tools available to help them communicate

    SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: Although there are no official summer assignments, the English department encourages all students to spend at least 30 minutes per weekday reading a book of their choice. In addition, students enrolling in AP Language or AP Literature should review the AP College Board subject videos posted on YouTube. These videos, and their coverage of the subject matter, will provide a solid foundation for the fall. 

    AP Language: AP CB: Language and Composition

    AP Literature: AP English Literature


     Courses of study: 

    • 9th grade -   Genre study of literature 
    • 10th grade - Survey of British Literature
    • 11th grade - Survey of American Literature or AP Language & Composition
    • 12th grade - World Literature & Advance Composition, Dual Enrollment ELA, AP Literature & Composition

    School Supply Lists: 

    During the first days of school all students will recieve a supply list from their particular ELA teacher. Before then, however, it is a good idea to pick up some of the basics. 

    • 2" durable binder

    • binder paper

    • composition tablet

    • black or blue pens

    • pencils 

    • 4"x6" ruled index cards

    • White out (tape-type; not fluid)