In our program, K–6 students acquire and refine early literacy skills in comprehension and fluency. They also learn the processes involved in writing a variety of genres. Grades 7–12 students hone their skills as critical readers of traditional texts as well as other forms of media. They grow as deliberate and engaging communicators through writing, speaking, and discussion.

Literacy is a gateway skill. Through authentic, thought-provoking classroom experiences, our students are prepared for the communication demands of life.

ELA Standards

Iowa Core Literacy Standards

The Iowa Common Core Standards set requirements not only for English language arts (ELA) but also for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Just as students must learn to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas, so too must the standards specify the literacy skills and understandings required for college and career readiness in multiple disciplines. Literacy standards for grade 6 and above are predicated on teachers of ELA, history/social studies, science, and technical subjects using their content area expertise to help students meet the particular challenges of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language in their respective fields. It is important to note that the 6–12 literacy standards in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects are not meant to replace content standards in those areas but rather to supplement them. States may incorporate these standards into their standards for those subjects or adopt them as content area literacy standards.

Elementary Programs

ELA Courses

  • Reading 5-6
  • Language Arts 5-6
  • ELA 7-8
  • British & World Literature 11-12
  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • English 9 / English 9 (TT)
  • English 10 / English 10 (TT)
  • English 11 / English 11 (TT)
  • Reading Success 9-10
  • Reading 9-10
  • Reading 11
  • Strategic Reading 10-12
  • Individual Survey of Literature 10-12
  • Communication in the Workplace 12
  • Public Speaking (Speech)
  • Writing Foundations 11-12

Graduation Requirements

A total of 8 credits must be earned including:

  • 2 credits of English 9
  • 2 credits of English 10
  • 2 credits of English 11
  • 2 credits of ELA electives


High School English/Reading Instructors

Middle School English/Reading Instructors

Instructional Coach Contacts 

Andrea Knaack – EC-5

Liz Fox – 6-12

  • 563-382-3643