Language Arts

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"I can't believe it, " Matt Groening creator of The Simpsons said. "Reading and writing actually paid off." 

At Dearborn we want to inspire students to become confident, engaged and enthusiastic readers.

Reading lets students explore the world and human knowledge, history and culture and can be a rich source of pleasure. On the other hand, struggling to read through their school career can be devastating to a students confidence. Dearborn strives to help all students overcome their reading and writing difficulties and provides instruction and support to match their needs. Everyone gets strong preparation for the ELA part of the MCAS.

Read and Write

Dearborn Academys high school language arts classes meet four times a week in 45-minute periods. Three times a week there is also homework—reading assignments, writing assignments and other kinds of work to support critical thinking.

English courses at Dearborn include a variety of materials: newer books and classics, poems, plays, essays, inspiring biographies, science fiction and other genres. To help students learn to draw connections across disciplines, some books are related to other classes. For example, while studying early American history, a student might also read The Crucible, Arthur Millers great play about the Salem witch trials.

When English Is Not The First Language

Dearborn will provide support to students who do not speak English as their first language. When they have a learning disability and speak another language, learning to read and write in English is doubly hard. Dearborn will provide intensive support to students who are not native English speakers. 

Extra Help

For language-based, non-verbal learning disabilities including dyslexia, our Learning Center specialists provide one-on-one or small group support to improve reading comprehension and writing skills. Students come into the Learning Center once a week for services outlined in their IEP, depending on the level of intervention they require. They may get help getting organized for a paper, thinking through an assignment or just want to talk current reading assignments.


Learn more about Reading at Dearborn and our approach to educating students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities here (Learning Center).

For Dearborn Academy course descriptions, please download the course catalog.