• Welcome to the Lowell High School English Department

    The Lowell High School English Department is committed to supporting and encouraging students to become independent, life-long learners.

    All English courses are designed to build skills in effective reading, writing, speaking and listening. Through a sequential program of core courses, students are supported to read critically from a wide range of literary and informational texts, write effectively for a variety of audiences and purposes, and speak effectively in informal and formal situations. We recognize that mastering these complex communication skills is essential for successfully meeting the challenges of the 21st Century.

    In accordance with state mandates, a Lowell High School student must earn 20 credits in sequential, core English courses to qualify for a diploma.

    The Education Reform Law also requires students to pass the state’s Grade 10 MCAS tests as a condition for receiving a high school diploma. English Language Arts is one of the mandated MCAS areas.

    Courses offered in the English Department are aligned with and fulfill the content requirements of the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks.


    Participation in Lowell High School’s Summer Reading Program is required for all students. Requirements vary according to course and level. Information about summer reading will be found on the LHS website at the beginning of summer.