English 9 and 10 provide a base for students to explore the worlds of literature and writing; they help students build confidence in their individual reading and writing abilities; they provide a "comfortable" environment to share ideas. Students then enter the intense English 11 class where they learn to hone their writing techniques and critical thinking skills, preparing them for the MME/ ACT test. Finally, they enter the demanding English 12 course where they learn job related writing formats, improve their critical responses, and broaden their research skills.
In 2011 I was able to offer English 110 (a Freshman English course through LSSU) over ITV to students in the EUPISD. Students earned three college credits. Fortunately, this year I am able to offer English 110 and English 111, which will enable students to earn a total of six college credits.