1. Learn to read critically.
  2. Be able to write clearly and creatively.
  3. Develop effective speaking skills.
  4. Comprehend and evaluate literal and implied meaning in multiple forms of expression and media (e.g. written, oral, multimedia).


Welcome to the English Department’s web page at Oakland School for the Arts. Our mission is to empower students to use language effectively and precisely and to read critically in a variety of genres. Our curriculum is in alignment with the California Common Core State Standards. We strongly emphasize the use of textual evidence to support arguments, the use of academic and domain-specific vocabulary, writing for a range of purposes and audiences, and the development of speaking and listening strategies. Our curriculum builds on itself, as students are guided toward language mastery that will set them up for success at OSA and beyond.