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English Department

The English curriculum at St. John's Prep fosters appreciation and understanding of literature as a reflection of the human experience. It helps students critically analyze and interpret works of literature while promoting effective written and oral communication

The St. John's Prep English Department strengthens the education of students by developing a deepened understanding of language and literacy, the value of critical reading and effective writing, and the richness of literature, past and present. 

The goals of the English Department are:

  • to increase the awareness of how to structure information and concepts in the light of purpose and audience and how to receive things in light of source, intent, and form of discourse
  • to increase students engagement in the dialogue of great ideas
  • to increase the resources of language which students can use and respond to, including vocabulary, sentence structure, style, points of view, compositional form, and text structure
  • to increase the fluency and pleasure with which students can speak, listen, read and write
  • to increase students’ ability to classify, generalize, infer and problem solve
Any questions, please contact the Department Chair:

 Helpful English Resources

PSAT/SAT Practice

Kahn Academy SAT instruction and practice overview

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Composition and Essay Writing:

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New York Public Library's Digital Primary Sources


Literature and Poetry:

Library of Congress:

New York Public Library Free downloads:

FREE online Books online:

Free Audio books:


Academy of American Poets:

Poetry Foundation:



Vocabulary Development:



Metropolitan Museum of Art

Whitney Museum of Art:

Guggenheim Museum:

Museum of Modern Art:

El Museo del Barrio: