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English Department

Welcome to the SJHHS English Department

At SJHHS, English curriculum focuses on reading, writing, speaking, listening, language, and critical thinking. As students advance through the grades and master these skills and standards, they are able to exhibit with increasing fullness and regularity the capacities of the literate individual. All instruction is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards and is designed to prepare students for the rigors of college and career. Instruction seeks to prepare students for success both in high school and in life beyond high school.

English Teachers

Bak-Boychuk, Christine (949) 234-5900 ex.16806 English Teacher
Callier, Kathy (949) 234-5900 ex.16407 English Teacher
Cooper, Courtney (949) 234-5900 ex.16405 English Teacher
Ellis, Ruth (949) 234-5900 ex.16410 English Teacher
Gidion, Janey (949) 234-5900 ex.16414 English Department Chair
Hale, Aubree (949) 234-5900 English Teacher
Klingbeil, Katie (949) 234-5900 ex.16804 English Teacher
Naccarato, Kaitlin (949) 234-5900 ex.16711 English Teacher
Noble, Eric (949) 234-5900 ex.16707 English Teacher
Serio, Danielle (949) 234-5900 ex.16807 English Teacher
Smith, Mishelle (949) 234-5900 ex.16801 English Teacher
Spiers, Sharon (949) 234-5900 ex.16803 English/Health Teacher
Stress, Darcie (949) 234-5900 ex.16406 English Teacher
Tatala, Jen (949) 234-5900 ex.16404 English Teacher
Wegner, Katie (949) 234-5900 ex.16412 English Teacher
Willis, Brian (949) 234-5900 ex.16413 English Teacher

Level Down Policy

The SJHHS English Department Level Down Policy is that all students who level down from AP or Honors to General classes are expected to make up all the work in the new class within 3 weeks of transferring. Grades will not transfer.

Classes Currently Offered

  • English I
  • English I Honors
  • English II
  • English II Honors
  • English III
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • English IV
  • Expository Reading and Writing Course (Senior English)
  • AP English Literature

Students who are College & Career Ready

  • They demonstrate independence.
  • They build strong content knowledge.
  • They respond to the varying demands of audience, task, purpose, and discipline.
  • They comprehend as well as critique.
  • They value evidence.
  • They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.
  • They come to understand other perspectives and cultures.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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