Within the English Department at Keio Academy of New York students are introduced to and interface with level appropriate input content and assigned challenging output activities to achieve the dual goals of improving their overall English communicative proficiency and becoming critical literary thinkers.

Over 4 years, the English Department’s curriculum gradually builds in complexity from lower order basic language acquisition and communicative English practice to higher order academic and critical literary study. From decoding vocabulary and building paragraphs and essays to performing research and giving oral presentations, students work toward improving their functional communicative and academic English abilities.

All students at Keio Academy are required to take English classes every year. New 9th and 10th graders are placed according to their measured proficiency in either ESL or academic English classes. But by the 11th and 12th grades all students are  transitioned to academic and critical literary study. In 11th and 12th grades, students are also able to take elective courses offered by the department.

  Christopher de Lozier / English Department Chair


Course offerings and course contents may vary year to year, depending on student numbers, instructors and/or instructor availability.

An in-school placement test, as well as semester grades and teacher recommendation, will determine whether a student should be placed in required elective courses in Grades 9 and 10. The student’s score on the TOEFL test (or other standardized tests) will not necessarily have an effect on the placements. In Grades 11 and 12, a wider variety of elective courses, in addition to Academic Extension, are offered for students to choose from.