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The written word is the most powerful tool with which we can arm our students. The English department strives to achieve this goal by encouraging the development of critical reading skills and relevant writing abilities.

Tightly woven into the curriculum are assignments stressing creative and analytical writing, reading of all genres of literature, and studying vocabulary and grammar in a systematic manner.

English at Canisius is a required, four-year college preparatory program. There are honors sections for qualified freshman and sophomore students. Advanced Placement English courses are offered to juniors and seniors.


  • English 9
  • English 9 Honors
  • English 10
  • English 10 Honors
  • English 11
  • Advanced Placement English Literature
  • English 12
  • Advanced Placement English Language and Composition