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Department Highlights

  • The primary mission of the department is to create lifelong readers and writers as they recognize the power of literacy in their lives.
  • Students consistently place in local, state and individual writing competitions:
    • Montgomery County Poetry Contest
    • Sinclair Creative Writing Contest
    • Holocaust Writing Contest
    • Scholastic Writing Awards
    • Robert J. Fox State Award
  • CJ conducts a school-wide writing contest and sponsors area-wide contests for 5-6th graders, and 7-8th graders.
  • 96 percent of CJ’s AP English students scored above the national average on last year's exam.
  • National and State recognition for Poetry Out Loud competition.
  • CJ students have received the distinct honor of a "Superior" rating from the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Students write, edit, and publish a monthly newspaper, creative writing anthology and yearbook. (Download the form to place a tribute ad in the 2016-2017 yearbook  |  examples here).
  • Juniors write an integrated Catholic justice research paper in English and Religion courses.