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Summer Reading

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Summer reading is required for all students in the Sequoia Union High School District. In our AS-level classes, an assessment will be given in the first few days of school. 
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 (please note - accounts from San Carlos School District cannot access this. This is not a restriction from our end - sorry).
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.
AP/AS English Course Info

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AP/AS English Course Info

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:

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.

Exemplar essays

Several different levels are represented here for college prep classes:

Advanced English courses

9th grade AS:
Processed and written over several days

10th grade AS
Processed and written over several days

11th grade AS
In-class timed writing after reading the text

12th grade AP Composition and Language
(40 minute timed writing with 15 minutes to see the text before)

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

See more information below:
Media Arts English Information

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Media Arts 10th grade pathway

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Media Arts 10th grade pathway

10th Grade

  • (choose English 2 for MAS, AS English 2 for MAS)
  • (optional --> Digital Photo 1, Digital Art 1)
Students will take an English for Media Pathway class and may choose one of the art electives listed above. 

The 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.

The English class will be offered for students as either a regular college prep level or an 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.

11th Grade
Students will take a traditional offering for their English class, and add electives

  • (AS English 3 or English 3)
  • (choose CTE Digital Journalism 2 and/or Yearbook)
  • (choose Digital Photography, Digital Art, AP Art, AP Photo)
 Students can choose either CTE Digital Journalism 2 or Yearbook as one elective and may choose from several options for the art elective including: Film Critique/Video Production, Digital Photography, Digital Arts 2, Studio Art/AP Studio Art.


12th Grade
Students will take a traditional offering for their English class.

  • (AP Language/Comp, AP Lit, or English 4)
  • (choose CTE Digital Journalism 2 and/or Yearbook)
  • (choose Digital Photography, Digital Art, AP Art, AP Photo)
Students can continue with the CTE Digital Journalism 3 or Yearbook classes, and may take another art pathway elective (either an advanced version of their 11th grade choice or a different one depending on personal interest).
English Department Members

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English Department Members

Questions regarding Carlmont's English department can be directed to Justin Raisner - Department Chair
Name (Click on Name for Email) Dial (650) 595-0210 and the extension below: Phone
Raisner, Justin Department Chair, Media Arts (AS and CP), Journalism 2/3, Media Adviser 39655
Calvin, Sara AS English 2, English 2, English 2 Support 39614
Cortez, Oscar English 4 39607
Gaitan, Addison AS English 1, AVID, English 1 39704
Gold, Susan BTI English 2, BTI English 3 39710
Humes, Jody AS English 2, English 1 39647
Jay, Tiffany English 1, AS English 1 39635
Lucia, Stephen AP Literature, English 3 39708
Madson, Kylie AS English 1, English 2, AVID 39653
Migdail, Erik AP Comp/Lang, English 3, AS English 3 39617
Berg, Elizabeth ERWC 39690
Redmon, Kelly English 1, English 1 Support 39661
Simpson, Lisa English Intensive 1 & 2, English Intervention 39670
Snyder, Kevin English 2 39609
Soelberg, Kenneth English SPED 34313
Steward, Denise English 1, English 3 39623
Turkis, Martin AP Comp/Lang, English 3, AS English 3 39679
Van Sebille, Emily English 2, AS English 3, AP Seminar 39619
Wallace, Carolyn AS English 3, English 3 39611
Watkins, Cheri English 4, AVID 39630
English Grade Definitions

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