English Language Arts

Welcome to Aviation High School's English Language Arts website! Our ELA department page is designed to provide information and resources to students, parents, teachers, and community members about our instructional philosophy and the various literacy programs and services we offer.

Our school is committed to providing a high-quality education to all students. We take pride in our literacy program that prepares students for success in college, career, and life. We offer a comprehensive curriculum in English Language Arts (ELA) that is aligned with NYS ELA Next Generation Standards and designed to meet the needs of all learners. Our ELA pages provide information about specific grade-level curriculum, including course descriptions and state standards.

We hope you find our school's ELA page informative and useful. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are dedicated to providing the best possible ELA education to our students, and we look forward to partnering with you to achieve this goal.


Assistant Principal

Mr. Justin Foley

Room 226

(718) 361-2032 x2261


ELA Coordinator

Mr. Peter Sirena

Room 328

(718) 361-2032 x3281


English Department

Humanities Department Student Contract


English Department Mission Statement:

In keeping with the New York City Department of Education’s mission statement, the Aviation High School English Department’s curriculum encourages all students to “live rich, literate lives and to be active and informed citizens.”  Our curriculum is aligned to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards to provide our students with the critical reading, writing, and speaking skills required to become College and Career Ready and lifelong learners.  

Our curriculum offers students a wide range of rigorous texts that span the classical to the contemporary.  Students develop strategies for reading a rich “variety of texts, make informed judgments that are grounded in evidence and communicate their thinking through oral, written, and artistic expressions.”

We work to instill in our students a joy to communicate.  We encourage our youngsters to think independently, creatively, and to voice their individual opinions through verbal and written communication.


Here are some “fast facts about the English Department” at Aviation HS:

  • All students take four years of English
  • Students take the English Regents at the end of their eleventh year


Advanced Placement and College Now Course Offerings:

We offer two Advanced Placement courses:

  • English Language and Composition (Eleventh Year)
  • English Literature and Composition (Twelfth Year)

In conjunction with LaGuardia Community College (CUNY) students may enroll in College Now courses. College Now course offerings depend on student interest and available funding.

Humanities Department Grading Policy

The following criteria will be considered when calculating student grades:

20 % for Participation, Notebook and Classwork

20 % for Homework

60 % for Exams, Essays, and Projects


Each marking period is independent.  At the end of the year, a student’s final grade will be determined by the average of all six marking periods.

Teachers will distribute rubrics for classwork and homework at beginning of the semester.

Attendance and punctuality are extremely important. Students must attend class every day.  Extended family leave for personal matters is not a legitimate excuse for missing class and will have a negative impact on a student’s grade. 

Excessive absences and tardiness will negatively affect a student’s grade.  It is the student’s responsibility to provide proper documentation.

Cheating and plagiarism are serious offenses.  Cheating and plagiarism may result in a zero for the assignment, and may result in failing the marking period.


Exams, Essays, & Projects:

  • Major exams, essays, and projects are scheduled ahead of time. If a student is absent, it is their responsibility to schedule a make-up exam with their teacher.



  • Homework is assigned on a regular basis.
  • Absence from class is not an excuse for missing homework.
  • Late homework may be accepted, but will result in grade reduction.
  • Homework will be graded on the following categories:
  • Completion & Accuracy
  • Effort & Legibility
  • Supporting Evidence
  • Conventions



  • Students are required to be prepared every day with the proper text and materials, and are expected to actively engage in group discussions, work, and projects. 
  • Classwork and/or participation will be graded on the following categories:
  • Focus and Engagement
  • Discussion and Listening
  • Respect for Others
  • Preparation