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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.

Program Contact Information:

Ms. Brigid Barry
Program Administrator

Ms. Michele L. Insinga
Administrative Assistant
(203) 625-8067

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

Writing Opportunities:

Martin Luther King Jr Essay Contest - Entries due January 7, 2022

UCONN Letters about Literature Contest - Entries due January 30, 2023.

Association for Women in Mathematics Essay Contest - Entries due February 1, 2023

Ernie DiMattia Emerging Young Artist Awards given for Playwriting - Entries due February 1, 2023

Lynn DeCaro Poetry Contest - Entries due March 15, 2023.

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

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.

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, Sylvia Plath, Zac Posen, Stephen King and more.

Want more opportunities? Review this list from EdSurge.

English Department Staff Photo

Lillian Butler Davey Communication Awards:

Each year, students have the opportunity to submit original works in the categories listed below. 

Academic Essay
Informal Essay 
Public Speaking
Short Story

Prizes awarded: First place $200, Second place $100, Third place $50.  

2022 Lillian Butler Davies Winners!

Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards Winners:

This is the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens.  Notable alumni include Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, and Sylvia Path to name a few.  These awards are presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers who have, for the past century, identified promising writers and helped encourage these writers to pursue their passions. 

GHS Scholastic Winners 2022