Welcome to John Bapst Memorial High School’s English Department. Our primary goal is to bring all students to a high level of knowledge and achievement as thinkers, listeners, speakers, readers, and writers. It is important that every John Bapst graduate be ready for college-level reading and essay writing.
At our fingertips are great books from the past and present, along with essays, poetry, films, and resources of all kinds. Reading should be fun. English should be a voyage in both cultural literacy and self-discovery. In ninth grade, we begin with the building blocks of the essay. By senior year, all John Bapst students know what it means to plan and write a clearly articulated essay. Over half of John Bapst students take AP English Literature in grade 11 and AP English Language in grade 12.
John Bapst English teachers are experienced and passionate. We are eager to share the world of ideas and creativity with students from Maine and around the world.