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English

Mission and Philosophy

Welcome to English at Xavier!

With a reputation as one of Arizona’s premiere secondary education programs, the English Department functions as a nexus for Xavier’s academic, spiritual, and cultural communities. We maintain a strong commitment to traditional areas of study such as reading, writing, and critical thinking while employing innovative approaches to the classroom.

Our outstanding faculty offer an integrated array of Honors, Advanced Placement, and Great Books courses that reflect the great diversity of  literatures in English and of the global community, while at the same time developing writing and analytical skills. Graduates of Xavier’s English program will enter the college classroom with the foundations to excel in reading, writing, and critical thinking at the world’s leading universities.

The English Department’s eleven distinguished faculty hold multiple Master’s degrees, countless professional certificates, and two Doctoral degrees. English faculty moderate publication of  the Pierian Spring literary magazine, the Xpress online newspaper, and the Xavierian Yearbook. We coordinate Xavier’s campus-wide Summer Reading program, and moderate clubs such as Mock Trial, Poetry Out Loud, Agape Latte, Toastmasters, and Key Club. We organize campus-wide activities ranging from the Writing in Ireland Program to the Xavier Fashion Show.

We engage with our students through conventional methods of instruction, as well as the latest student-centered, adaptive technologies that enhance student abilities in vocabulary, grammar, and cognition. In addition to our Honors, AP, and Great Books courses, English Faculty teach classes in American Government, Theatre, and Journalism. Four of our courses are eligible for Rio Salado Dual Enrollment Credit.

While we hope to encourage our students as they grow daily in their reading, writing, and analytical thinking, we believe that the greatest treasure our students can gain through our department is a lifelong love of books. Books can instruct us as we learn through life’s experiences, guide us through our emotional growth, and serve as a source of comfort in times of distress. Books offer us access to history’s greatest minds and concepts. According to a 2016 issue of Social Science and Medicine, people who read books even live longer than those who read only periodicals, or do not read at all.

We look forward to helping Xavier Gators find their love of books in the English Department at Xavier College Preparatory.

Books Read in Our Classrooms

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  • Freshman

    English 1:
    • Mirrors and Windows Level IV 
    • Sophocles: The Oedipus Cycle
    • The Odyssey of Homer 
    • Romeo and Juliet 
    • Great Expectations 
    • Night 

    Honors English I: 

    • Mirrors and Windows Level IV
    • Sophocles: The Oedipus Cycle 
    • The Odyssey of Homer  
    • Twelfth Night 
    • Romeo and Juliet 
    • Great Expectations 
    • Night 
    • The Book Thief 

    English I Great Books:

    • Mirrors and Windows Level IV
    • Sophocles: The Oedipus Cycle 
    • The Odyssey of Homer 
    • Frankenstein 
    • Jane Eyre 
    • Macbeth 
    • Romeo and Juliet 
    • Great Expectations 
    • The Awakening 
    • Hiroshima 
    • How to Read Literature like a Professor 
    • Night 
    • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 
  • Sophomore

    English II:
    • Mirrors and Windows Level IV
    • How to Read Literature like a Professor
    • Of Mice and Men 
    • The Icarus Girl 
    • Othello 
    • Pride and Prejudice 
    • Once Upon a Quincinera 

    Honors: 

    • Mirrors and Windows Level IV
    • Frankenstein 
    • A Separate Peace 
    • Evangeline 
    • Julius Caesar 
    • Mythology 
    • Huckleberry Finn 
    • The Bean Trees 
    • Dictionary of Mythology 
    • Othello 

    English II Great Books:

    • Mirrors and Windows Level IV
    • Julius Caesar 
    • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
    • Mythology 
    • Anna Karenina 
    • Pride and Prejudice 
    • The Bean Trees 
    • Wide Sargasso Sea 
    • Othello 
    • The Romance of Tristan and Iseult 
  • Junior

    English III Honors: 
    • Mirrors and Windows: The American Tradition
    • The Scarlet Letter 
    • Ethan Frome 
    • The Great Gatsby 

    AP English Language & Composition:
    • Mirrors and Windows: The American Tradition 
    • The Scarlet Letter 
    • Our Town 
    • The Red Badge of Courage 
    • The Great Gatsby 
    • The Sun Also Rises 
    • The Grapes of Wrath 
    • The House of Mirth 

    AP English Language & Composition Great Books:

    • Mirrors and Windows: The American Tradition 
    • The Scarlet Letter
    • Our Town 
    • The Red Badge of Courage 
    • Daisy Miller 
    • The Great Gatsby 
    • The Sun Also Rises 
    • The Grapes of Wrath 
    • The Sound and the Fury
    • The House of Mirth 
  • Senior

    AP English Literature & Composition: 
    • Essential Literary Terms with Exercises 
    • The Tempest 
    • Persuasion 
    • The Penelopiad 
    • Wuthering Heights 
    • The Seagull Reader: Poems 3rd Edition 
    • Jane Eyre 
    • Hamlet
    • Pygmalion 
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God 
    • Wide Sargasso Sea 
    • The Awakening 
    • Never Let Me Go 
    • Girl with a Pearl Earring 

    AP English Literature & Composition Great Books: 

    • Essential Literary Terms with Exercises 
    • The Tempest 
    • Persuasion 
    • The Penelopiad 
    • Wuthering Heights 
    • The Seagull Reader: Poems 3rd Edition 
    • 1984 
    • The Kite Runner 
    • Invisible Man 
    • Reading Lolita In Tehran: A Memoir In Books 
    • Daughter of Fortune 
    • Girl with a Pearl Earring 
    • Raisin in the Sun 
    • The Glass Castle 
    • All th Light we Cannot See 
    • Their Eyes Were Watching God 

Department Highlights

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  • Broadcast Journalism - XPress

    Xavier's XPress is our school's and community's news outlet. We serve to communicate all news in all of it's forms to better tell the Xavier, the community's, and the world's story. Students are introduced to and utilize all types of media and medium on our online (news.xcp.org) and print platforms. We are both a class and a club - everyone can get involved in the ever changing and fascinating world of journalism. 

    The course is structured in a workshop format, is conducted during a class period and requires time outside of class to finish assignments which often include attending events and activities.

    This year Xavier was selected as a PBS Student Reporting Lab - read more about that here. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn and grow. 


  • Creative Writing in Ireland - Summer Study Program

  • Mock Trial

    Xavier's Elias Romley Mock Trial team competes every year in the Arizona High School Mock Trial Regional and State Competitions. One of the top teams in the Valley, Xavier often places in the top four in competition. Students learn real courtroom procedure and legal concepts with the help of volunteer attorney coaches and judges, as well as skills to succeed in competitive, fast-paced environments. Most years, a select team of Xavier mockies also travels to New York to compete in the Empire Mock Trial Invitational along with teams from around the country and around the world!

    Mock Trial Website 
  • Pierian Spring

    Pierian Spring is an annual student produced magazine showcasing the phenomnal art created by Xavier students. Over the years the magazine has won many awards; recently receiving a second place commendation from the American Scholastic in 2016. 


    Pierian Spring is also a club that throughout the year participates actively in school events and do activities and learning that rotate between writing, games and visual art. The club works to create art and encourage their peers to do the same. Their culminating piece is the publication and the collection of art from the student body. 

  • Poetry Out Loud

  • Summer Reading

  • Xavierian - Yearbook

Poetry Out Loud

    • Poetry Out Loud - 2016

Sample Student Project

    • Macbeth Trailer - D. Richter

Meet Our Teachers

Dr. Kathleen Conway
Co-chair English Department
AP English IV
ENG 101-102 for Rio Salado 
Honors English III
ENG 110-111 for Rio Salado 
kconway@xcp.org 
Kate Conley
English I 
Pierian Spring Moderator 
kconley@xcp.org
Corinne Cosic, '05
Director of Web Design
Broadcast Journalism
Honors Broadcast Journalism 
Xpress Moderator 
PBS Student Reporting Labs Faculty Advisor 
ccosic@xcp.org 
Elizabeth Galbreath
AP English III
ENH 110-111 for Rio Salado
egalbreath@xcp.org
Alison Mead
AP English IV
AP English IV Great Books Seminar
ENG 101-102 for Rio Salado
Moderator Key Club
Moderator Toastmasters
Co-Director Summer Reading Program.
amead@xcp.org
Elizabeth Verghese 
Honors English I 
English II 
everghese@xcp.org 

Denise Macrina
Dean of Students
Co-Chair of English Department
Coach Spin-60 Program
Coach JV Softball
Coach Freshman Soccer
Mothers Guild Liaison
dmacrina@xcp.org
Shannon Donaldson
Honors English II
AP Capstone-Seminar
Poetry Out Loud Moderator  
Agape latte Moderator
Xavier Mentoring 
sdonaldson@xcp.org 
Kelly Hubbard
AP English IV
ENG 101-102 for Rio Salado,
English II Great Books 
Xavierian Yearbook Moderator
Director of Writing in Ireland Program 
Co-Director of Summer Reading Program
khubbard@xcp.org
Brian Mostoller
English I
Coach - Softball
bmostoller@xcp.org
Rebecca Richter, '03
English I Great Books 
Pre-AP English II
English II
American Government
AP Capstone Seminar/Research 
Political Science POS 110 for Rio Salado
Elias Romley Mock Trial Team Moderator 
rrichter@xcp.opg
Clayton Zuba
Honors English III
ENH 110-111 for Rio Salado 
AP English Language III - Great Books 
Coach - Cross Country
czuba@xcp.org

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National Blue Ribbon Recipient

1990-91
1994-96
2013

Accreditation

AdvancED
Western Catholic Educational Association