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Program Overview:

The Greenwich High School English Program prepares students to become independent learners who are proficient in critical reading, thinking, writing, speaking, listening and accessing and using media. Students use the language arts to explore and respond to classical and contemporary works from many cultures and literary periods while developing interpretative and evaluative skills. Students are encouraged to make connections between their reading, their writing, and their lives.

To read more about courses offered by the English Program, please see the GHS Course of Study Guide.

Please see the Course Sequencing Guide for a quick glance at the four year English program.

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Writing Opportunities:

Interested in entering your writing in contests? Curious about writing programs outside of GHS?

Smith College Poetry Competition
Submissions due December 1, 2019

Senator Murphy's 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest  Submissions due Jan. 8, 2020.


Looking for more contest opportunities? Explore below:

Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans recognizes the best poems from the multitude of works submitted.

Chicken Soup for the Soul welcomes all stories and poems, written in English, from all over the world.

Creative Communication: A Celebration of Today’s Writers for grades 3-12, essays up to 300 words, deadlines in February, August, and October.

The Legacy Project’s Listen to a Life Contest for students 8-18 years old writing about an interview with a person who is 50 or older about his or her life experiences, dreams, goals, challenges, or successes.

Letters About Literature, Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, for grades 4-10 writing personal letters to an author, living or dead, whose work has influenced their view of the world or of themselves.

Optimist Club for students under 19 by the end of February, 700-800 words, sharing an opinion through persuasive, explanatory, or narrative prose in response to a prompt.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: Sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Students submit their original works and join the legacy of Awards' alumni including Andy Warhol, Sylcia Plath, Zac Posen, Stephen King and more.

The Writing Conference has a January deadline and welcomes all students to write in narrative, poetic, or expository genres to a specific prompt.

Want more opportunities? Review this list from EdSurge.

Program Contact Information:

Ms. Brigid Barry
Program Administrator
Brigid_Barry@greenwich.k12.ct.us

Ms. Michele L. Insinga
Administrative Assistant
Michele_Insinga@greenwich.k12.ct.us
(203) 625-8067

The best way to contact a teacher is via email. Please see the Staff Directory for email addresses.


Lillian Butler Davey Communication Awards:

2019 Categories include: 

  • Academic Essay
  • Drama
  • Film
  • Informal Essay
  • Journalism
  • Poetry
  • Public Speaking
  • Short Story

For more information, please see the Description of Categories.

Prizes for winners:

  • First Place: $200
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $50

See who won: 2019 LBD Student Winners