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Writing Contests for Extra Credit

Let your writing soar!  Enter a contest and earn extra credit.   See your teacher for details.

  1. Newport Beach Public Library Foundation Creative Writing contest   DUE SEPTEMBER 5th!
  2. John Steinbeck Short Story contest   DUE 11/1/16
  3. Reed Magazine has additional contests for Creative Writing, Poetry, as well as non-fiction  Most DUE 11/1/16
IB English For Our Current Sophomores

Juniors have three options for English: CompLit 3, IB Literature, and IB Language/Literature.  A description of each is available here: Junior English.

Students in regular sophomore English (CL2) who are ready for more challenge are welcome to take either of the IB English classes IF they complete the entrance essay.  

Students in AP English are not required to write the entrance essay but may want to look at the prompts to get a sense of the differences between the two IB Englishes. 

AP Language Sign Up

AP Language and Composition (English) is a great opportunity for current freshmen or juniors to take a higher-level English class.  Interested students will need to complete both the entrance essay (click on link below) and the summer assignment (given at end of the year)

9th grade AP Lang Entrance Essay (Word format)

Benefits of being in AP Language and Composition:

  • SAT preparation: same format and writing style
  • grade bump (A = 5.0 grade points, B = 4)
  • college credit if you pass the AP test
Summer Reading

Enjoy your summer!  We hope you have lots of time to relax with a good book or two (or six...)!

2018 summer reading assignments

Lexile Measure of Your Book

Measure the Lexile level of the book your reading.   

A rough indicator...   

9th grade: 850-1150    

10th: 900-1200

11 & 12th: 940-1210