|English Department Teachers
Kathryn Schnier (Chairperson)
Mercy requires four full-year units of English credit and offers additional electives.
See current Course Offerings booklet for course selections and details.
English class activities offer great variety, focusing on student-centered, hands-on, technologically advanced, critical thinking. The courses are differentiated for varying abilities, learning styles, and interests of students, including support services for students with special needs and Advanced study, leading to college credit through the A. P. testing program and Dual Credit associations with local universities.
English Department Opportunities
- The Etcetera, our school newspaper created in Journalism, a full-year, credited elective
- Yearbook, our school yearbook created in a full-year, credited elective
- Mercy Musings, our literary magazine of student writing created as a co-curricular activity
- Film festival, an activity sponsored by the Mercy Musings club in which student written, directed, performed, filmed and edited short films are produced and shared in an public “awards-show” format
Annual field trip to the Playhouse-in the-Park for all students
“Author in the House” speakers and/or field trips to hear current published writers
Competitive poetry and essay contests
Performance competitions, including the prestigious Shakespeare Oratory Contest
English Department Test Results
100% first-attempt passing rate on OGT tests in reading and writing
A.P. results involve passing rates and scores well above national average in both World Literature and Language and Composition