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English Department

Helping our students master the art of the English language is a priority of the faculty at Pius XI Catholic High School.

The world needs great writers – and our curriculum is designed to prepare our students to become them.

“Our first goal is to hone students ability to craft a variety of documents with clarity, voice, organization, purpose and audience in mind.”
Renee Collins, English Department Chair

We are proud to offer challenging courses that encourage students to develop critical thinking skills, cohesive word crafting, and exquisite grammar.

The English Program is Designed to Enable Students to:

  • Use active reading strategies to read, analyze, and synthesize a variety of texts.
  • Define literary devices, identify them in text, and extrapolate the purpose and effect of literary devices on a text as a whole.
  • Examine the importance of memory (how a text draws on source material such as the Bible or Shakespeare) and pattern (how an author uses common tropes and archetypes to form a text) in analyzing fiction.
  • Derive original and relevant theme statements from complex texts.
  • Use textual evidence to defend arguments and analysis – in both written and oral situations.
  • Develop the oral communication skills necessary to be successful in presentations, debates, large group discussions, small group discussions and performances.
  • “Read” visual and auditory texts such as paintings, sculpture, film, and music and apply relevant strategies to aid this process.

Program Highlights:

  • Pius XI’s English program is designed to be rigorous, challenging, and inspirational for students of all backgrounds and levels.
  • Students who participate actively and earnestly will be amply prepared for success on the ACT, in AP English courses, and in college.
  • After sophomore year, students are given the unique opportunity to choose English courses which accommodate their interests – and hone particular skills and talents.

For a complete list of courses, access the Pius XI curriculum guide »

English Faculty

Renee Collins
Renee CollinsDepartment Chairperson
B.S., Boston College
Rebecca Foster
Rebecca FosterEnglish Faculty
B.S.Ed., University of Minnesota
Scott Herrick
Scott HerrickEnglish Faculty
B.S., Milton College
Terry Mank
Terry MankEnglish Faculty
B.S., UW-Platteville
Daniel Martin
Daniel MartinEnglish Faculty
B.S., UW-Milwaukee
Lauren Schimmels
Lauren SchimmelsEnglish Faculty
B.S., Marquette University
Christine Trainor
Christine TrainorEnglish Faculty
B.S., Marquette University

Pius XI offers an exceptional educational experience grounded in four core pillars of excellence

• Living the Faith
• College-Ready Academics
• Renowned Arts Program
• Winning Athletics

Award-winning faculty are scholars in their own right and committed to student success

• 100+ courses
• 12 Advanced Placement classes
• Customized Tailored Curriculum
• Engage students in intellectual dialogue
• Cultivating lifelong learning

Pius XI is a warm and welcoming community of global learners

• Diverse, International Community
• Broad World Perspective
• Academic Prowess
• Respect and Dignity of Others
• Deep Appreciation of Peers

Upon graduation, our students are prepared with life skills to succeed

• 93% of Pius XI graduates continue their education at a four-year university or college
• After attaining a Bachelors degree, 32% of grads will pursue an advanced degree
• Pius XI grads have been chosen by every Ivy League and Big 10 School