Department Head


Christine Wheeler

(203) 977-5628

Department Office:

(203) 977- 4490


The four-year English program is designed to provide students with reading, writing, and oral skills to encourage responsible social interaction, to enhance the learning process, and to generate enthusiasm for the power of language. All students are required to take four years of English: English 9, English 10, English 11, and one of the required senior offerings. The English curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy. In addition, students are encouraged to select English electives that will broaden their experience and enrich their knowledge of language and literature.


Course Offerings


This summer we invite you to choose your own reading adventure!  Our hope is that each of you will find a book you love and an assignment that allows you to be creative and of course have fun.


Students enrolled in AP Language and Composition/ECE (11) and AP Literature and Composition (12) are expected to complete an ALTERNATE summer reading assignment.  Click on the appropriate link below to access your AP summer reading assignment.

2014 Summer Reading Projects

AP Literature Assignment (12)

AP Language/ECE Assignment (11)

Sample Annotations from the College Board

The English Department would like to congratulate our FIVE Avon Scholarship Award winners!


2nd Place  $1,500    Craig Henning from Mrs. Walden's class for an essay on 12

                                 Years A Slave

3rd Place   $1,000    Nicole Frederick from Ms. Anderson's class for an essay on

                                 The Other Son

4th Place   $500       Bradley Darling from Mrs. Brown's class for an essay on


5th Place   $500       Sadie-Rose Apfel from Mrs. Walden's class for an essay on

                                 12 Years A Slave

6th Place   $500       Jenna Polidoro from Mrs. Walden's class for an essay on

                                 Beasts of the Southern Wild


Best in English 2013 - 2014

Hannah Dougherty is the winner of this year's Best in English award.  

Aidan Hart is the winner of this year's Best in Drama award.  

Congratulations to both of our winners!

English Department Resources

Writing Center is open for business!  This year Writing Center is being taught by Mrs. Brown and is located in Room 219.  


The English Resource Center is still open! Staffed by members of the English Department, Resource Center will provide students with extra help in reading, writing, and test preparation (CAPT & AP).  In addition, Resource Center will offer enrichment services such as computer based learning opportunities and access to novels and digital content on our new Nook e-readers.  Click here for more information.


The Hillside Muse, Westhill's own literary magazine, is back!  Students interested joining The Hillside Muse should contact Mr. Von Wahlde (Room 216).   


If you are interested in being a part of our award winning newspaper, The Westwordplease contact Mr. Von Wahlde or Mr. Wooley.  This year The Westword will continue to publish a print edition and an online edition of the paper!  ​The Westword​ is located in Room 224. -

Program of Studies