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.

In addition, students are encouraged to select English electives that will broaden their experience and enrich their knowledge of language and literature. The English curriculum emphasizes skills needed for the CAPT, especially for the Response to Literature, Editing/Revising, and Interdisciplinary sections, as well as for college readiness and advanced courses. In order to prepare students for their role in a diverse society, literature encompasses texts from a multitude of cultures. 
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 additional summer reading assignment.  Click on the appropriate link below to access your AP summer reading assignment.

2013 Summer Reading Projects

AP Literature Assignment (12)

AP Language/ECE Assignment (11)

Book Suggestions
Sample Annotations from the College Board

Best in English 2012 - 2013

Congratulations to Samantha McNichols, this year's winner of our Best in English award! smiley

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