Carlmont High School


Summer ReadingTop of Page

Summer reading is required for all students in the Sequoia Union High School District. In our benchmark-level classes, an assessment will be given in the first few days of school.
 
All students will read our community "One Book" - Every Day by David Levithan
 
The all school discussion will take place on the football field September 13, and David Levithan will be at Carlmont to discuss the book on September 15.

AS/AP classes will have additional assignments to complete (see the links below) along with the reading and will use the texts extensively as part of their curriculum. All students should come to school having read the assigned text(s).

Carlmont English Department Summer Assignments
 
Copies are available for purchase at local bookstores and online. If you cannot afford to buy a copy, a limited number will be available in the local public libraries as well as in Carlmont’s textbook room.
 
Past Summer Reading information can be found here.

English Department MembersTop of Page

Questions regarding Carlmont's English department can be directed to Justin Raisner - Department Chair
Dial (650) 595-0210 and then an extension below
Name Phone
Extension
Email
Raisner, Justin Department Chair, AS English 1, Media Arts (AS and CP), Journalism 2/3, Media Adviser  39655 
Calvin, Sara AS English 2, English 2, English 2 Support  39614  scalvin@seq.org
Fewins, Kristen AS English 1, AVID  39607 
Gold, Susan BTI English 2, BTI English 3  39710 
Hill, Joseph English 2  39649 
Humes, Jody AS English 2, English 4  39647 
Jay, Tiffany English 1, AS English 1 39635 tjay@seq.org
Lewellen, Addison English 1, AVID  39671 alewellen@seq.org 
Lucia, Stephen AP Literature, Academic Literacy  39708 
Migdail, Erik AP Comp/Lang, English 4  39617 
Pierce, Carole English 4  39609 
Redmon, Kelly English 1, English 1 Support  39661 
Simpson, Lisa English 3, English Intensive, English Intervention  39670 
Shusterman, Cindy AS English 3, English 4, AVID  39613  cshusterman@seq.org
Soelberg, Kenneth English SPED  34313 
Steward, Denise English 1, AS English 3, AVID  39623 
Turkis, Martin AP Comp & Lang, English 4, Spanish 2, Spanish 4  39679 
Walen, Janet English 2 and SPED  39640 
Wallace, Carolyn AS English 3, English 3  39611 
 Yoo, Mimi English 2   myoo@seq.org

AP/AS English Course InfoTop of Page

While Carlmont has an open-enrollment policy in regard to advanced courses, being successful requires students to dedicate themselves to the rigor of AS/AP English. When considering overriding placement recommendations, please note the following:


Students scoring lower than 10.0 on the GMRT tend to have difficulty with the Advanced English curricula. Successful Advanced English students demonstrate reading and writing skills well above grade level. With that in mind, the focus of these courses is more on content than on skill building.


Please note: Four-year colleges do not accept D or F grades for credit and AS/AP classes are not offered in summer school. Students who fail an AS/AP course will need to make up the course credits; however, the original grade of D or F will remain on the transcript and calculated into the  grade point average (GPA). Because of limited summer resources, students earning a D may not be able to make up the course.


The AS/AP English curricula are designed to prepare students to take Advanced Placement (AP) English exam(s) during 12th grade. AP courses are college level courses. There are only three years to prepare students for AP classes, thus the instructional pace in AS English is rapid and the focus is primarily on analytical writing and critical thinking.  Grades are based primarily on writing assignments and projects. High-level participation and nightly homework completion are expected of all AS/AP English students.


AS English students can expect to read approximately twenty to twenty-five pages per night in addition to having other English homework and homework for other courses.


Late work is not accepted (except for excused illness and Special Education considerations).

 
Carlmont offers support classes in math and English. The classes are designed to help fill-in any gaps in learning or gaps in prior content knowledge. Students receive additional content-specific instruction to help support the learning in their college

PathwaysTop of Page

In 10th grade students can choose a thematic pathway to follow during their high school career. Check the links below for more information:

See the information below:

Media Arts English InformationTop of Page

Media Arts 10th grade pathwayTop of Page

(English 2 for MAS, AS English 2 for MAS) (Digital Art 1)

Students will take an English for Media Pathway class as well as Digital Art 1.  


The Digital Art class will fulfill the graduation requirement for art and is UC (F for Fine Arts) approved. It will introduce basic art and design concepts and allow students to learn about how to produce commercial art, such as editorial design and illustration.


The course focuses on 4 components (2 per semester)
Semester 1- Computer Graphics and Animation
Semester 2- Web Design and Apps/Game Creation.

The English class will be offered for students as either a regular college prep level or advanced English class.  The curriculum will cover all Common Core English Standards for 10th grade, but it will also focus more heavily on writing, ethics, legal issues, and historical implications of media.  Students who complete this class will have been introduced to multiple styles of writing and will have a grasp of how to write for different audiences. Students will submit work to be published work on Scot Scoop News.

 
 

Media Arts Student FAQs:Top of Page

Is it AS or CP?
Both - take the one you want.
 
Is Digital Art required?
Yes - unless you took it during 9th grade.
 
How is this different from a normal English class?
Media Arts focuses more on shorter works and a higher balance of non-fiction.  Core literature is still taught, and students finish the course having been taught all the common core 10th grade standards.
 
Is it hard?
That depends on what you like - there is a greater focus on providing written work, but there's less literature analysis.  There's a heavy emphasis on breaking away from the standard essay format and adapting writing to the needs of the audience.
 
Writing?
Yeah - students are heavily assessed on written projects, and there are very few tests given.
 

Placement Criteria for Incoming 9th GradersTop of Page