Language Arts


The Somerset School Hills District recognizes the importance of developing life-long reading habits in its students.  High aptitude in reading can be correlated with academic achievement, particularly high achievement on state and national standardized tests.  The Somerset Hills English department seeks, through its literacy program, to provide its students with on-going, authentic reading experiences that are both personally enriching and academically challenging. 

Bernards High School

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The English department also encourages all of its students to read extensively beyond the required texts and to be mindful of the Commission on Reading’s recommendation that a minimum of two hours of sustained silent reading a week is necessary to develop and maintain the reading stamina necessary for academic success. 

Bernardsville Middle School

Reading Goals

The four primary objectives of the Somerset Hills English department’s reading program are

1. Reading for Enjoyment

2. Reading to Develop and Maintain Textual Stamina

3. Reading to Acquire Knowledge, Develop Vocabulary, and Build Author Familiarity

4. Reading to Cultivate a Reading Life

Each of these objectives supports individual students’ academic success and aligns with the larger goals of the English department which are to develop engaged students who are able to understand, appreciate, and communicate ideas effectively.  The English department seeks to graduate students who, through reading, writing, and speaking, powerfully and critically examine texts to better understand themselves and the world in which they live.

Children's Lit

Bedwell Elementary School

Information about our K-8 English Language Arts curriculum may be found on the Columbia University Teachers College Reading & Writing Project website.

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