Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
~Benjamin Franklin

The faculty in the English department prepare students for the 21st century world by helping them to develop strong writing, speaking, and analytical skills that are critical to their success in college and in a highly competitive job market. To achieve this, faculty members utilize important and diverse literature from around the world and across the centuries. 

The sequential nature of the program, which stresses vocabulary development, correct sentence syntax, grammar, clarity, organization, and analysis, equips students with the tools they need to communicate in written and spoken language in a clear, original, and persuasive manner. Along the way, students increase their appreciation for good writing, storytelling, and the complexity and beauty of human nature.

Bishop offers Honors or Advanced Placement courses at every grade level which include AP English Language and Composition as well as AP English Literature and Composition.

Electives within the English Department include: Research and Writing, and Creative Writing; each is offered based on student interest.

Summer reading is required prior to the start of each school year.

Titles commonly taught:

Of Mice and Men                                 Romeo and Juliet 
Tale of Two Cities Frankenstein
Jane Eyre The Kiterunner
Grapes of Wrath Macbeth
The Scarlet Letter The Great Gatsby               
A Streetcar Named Desire The Things They Carried
The History of Love The Awakening
The Crucible Billy Budd
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn                  The Odyssey
How to Read Literature Like a Professor Catcher in the Rye
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Hamlet
Pride and Prejudice Crime and Punishment
Woman Warrior Canterbury Tales
Night Mrs. Dalloway