The English Language Arts curriculum at CSS is a vertically-aligned, seven-year program designed to foster intellectual inquiry, analytical skills, and creativity.

The ELA team is committed to a curriculum that reflects a diversity of authorial voices, of narrative styles, of characters, and of their experiences. Through the program, students will increasingly:

  • Develop their sensitivity to rhetoric and literary craft
  • Examine texts through a variety of critical lenses
  • Encounter a broader scope of historical literature
  • Consider readings as manifestations of both individual and social experience
  • Consider their own identities and their place in the world


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Daniel Attridge

English Teacher

Professor Daniel Attridge has been part of the Columbia Secondary School family since 2...

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Janine Avril

English + Philosophy Teacher

Professor Janine Avril teaches senior English and philosophy and 9th grade health. She ...

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John Beletsky

English, Philosophy + Social Studies Teacher

Professor John Beletsky teaches English and Philosophy (and sometimes Social Studies!)....

Grae Carter

Science and Philosophy Teacher

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Lauren Davis

English + Philosophy Teacher

Professor Lauren Davis teaches 11th and 12th grade English. She received her B.A. ...

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Erin Flaherty

Assistant Principal - Administration

Assistant Principal, I.A. Erin Flaherty oversees the student experience at CSS, includi...

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Laura Huzzy

ICT HUM Teacher

Professor Laura Huzzy is a learning specialist who teaches humanities in 6th and 9th gr...

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Huda Khalil

English + Philosophy Teacher

Professor Huda Khalil teaches 6th grade English and Philosophy at CSS. She earned her B...

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Kelsey Kilduff

English + Philosophy Teacher

Professor Kelsey Kilduff teaches 7th grade English and 12th grade Philosophy. Prof. Kil...

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Joseph Reilly

English + Philosophy Teacher

Professor Joseph Reilly teaches 8th grade English. Prof. Reilly received a BA in P...

Leslie Seifert

Special Education - Humanities Teacher