English Department


Literature discussions and the analysis of poetry, drama, short stories, and novels are central to every English class at Salesianum.

Our goal is the development of critical thinking skills and the advancement of clear articulation of ideas. By graduation, each Salesianum student will have read two Shakespearean plays (or more), a variety of American and World short story classics, a wide range of poetry, and an array of classic and modern novels and dramas. In addition to the readings in class, there are summer reading requirements each year.

Our goal is the development of critical thinking skills and the advancement of clear articulation of ideas

Naturally, writing is an integral part of every English class, and there is no doubt that Salesianum students will be well-prepared for the demands of college writing courses. Our returning alumni tell us consistently that they found writing to be one of their strengths at the university level because they were so well prepared in high school. The composition program is a progressive one that focuses on individual paragraph development from the beginning of the freshman year, developing into multi-paragraph writing assignments during the latter part of the first year and onward. All juniors and seniors write a formal research paper. 

Grammar and usage study comprises part of each curriculum with emphasis on the basics of grammar during the first two years and the detection and correction of all types of usage errors. Teachers use an eBook for the first two years but focus on problems in usage as they arise in student writing samples during the junior and senior years. All students use a handbook to facilitate the study of correct research techniques and form.

With the exception of seniors, all classes at all levels use a vocabulary on-line text regularly. We consider the study of vocabulary to be a valuable academic discipline and an important preparation for standardized testing required for college admission. 


Mr. Jeremy Isaac
English Dept. Chair
jisaac@salesianum.org/ ext. 213

Mr. Charlie Crawford
ccrawfor@salesianum.org / ext. 231

Mr. Josh Hsu
jhsu@salesianum.org/ ext. 249

Mrs. Julianne Longo
jlongo@salesianum.org / ext. 259

Mr. Robert Longo '87
rlongo@saleisanum.org / ext. 244

Mr. Mark Quinn
mquinn@salesianum.org / ext. 257

Mr. Joseph O’Brien ‘06
jobrien@salesianum.org / ext. 276

Ms. Cara Saraco
csaraco@salesianum.org / ext. 238