The accomplishments of an educated person necessarily include a mastery of language. Strake Jesuit's four-year English curriculum incorporates progressive challenges to students in the acquisition, understanding, and proficient use of verbal skills. Today, more than ever, individuals must be able to read and to listen with comprehension, grasping essential elements rapidly. They must become adept at discerning fact from innuendo, jargon, and doublespeak. Students need to develop analytical and composing skills in language not only for vocational and pragmatic purposes but also for aesthetic enrichment through artistic, social, and spiritual experiences. The English program, therefore, stresses through a sequence: read, think, write. Composition provides a natural synthesizing tool for Jesuit's fused curriculum of all four language disciplines: vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing. Teachers encourage excellence, for nothing short of the quest for mastery renders the student competent and confident in rhetoric, reading comprehension, literary analysis,vocabulary usage, and composition. Students at Strake Jesuit have a four-year English requirement. There is also an accelerated track in English beginning with the Sophomore year. Emphasis is placed on correct grammatical usage, a clear and expressive style of writing, vocabulary, and all types of literature.