The Cardinal O’Hara English Department understands the vital role language arts plays in all subject areas, as well as in the pursuit of a well-rounded life.  We recognize the need to prepare students for pivotal testing that allows them to pursue higher learning.  We also know that an effective program, today, must teach students how to practice the 21st century skills needed to process information in order to navigate their lives successfully.

Our results with Common Core standards speak for themselves, with an average of more than 50% scoring mastery on the New York State exam for the last 15 years.  

Additionally, O’Hara students may begin earning college credit for their classes, as early as Sophomore year.  (See course listing below.)

Our coursework is current and designed to develop students’ higher order critical thinking skills and equip them to command the ever increasing volume of information they must process daily.  A strong foundation of comprehension, interpretation, analysis and synthesis supports a varied curriculum in:

  • Creative, Analytical and Professional Writing

  • Classic & Modern Literature 

  • Drama & Film

  • Non-Fiction and Current Media 

Our assessments and independent work foster students’ use of:

  • Advanced Research Skills

  • Listening and Interpersonal Communication 

  • Creative Collaboration and Team Building

  • Time Management and Organizational Skills

  • Public Speaking and Professional Communication

Our purpose is to nurture freedom of expression in an atmosphere of tolerance and compassion.  We are dedicated to helping students find their own voice and path through art and information that engages them and helps them understand their own, as well as other cultures in order to become conscious world citizens and, ultimately, the best version of themselves.

 Department Faculty:

Mr. John Dunne Mr. Christopher Cummings Ms. Joanne Pera- Department Chair Mrs. Lori Panaro

Advanced Credit Creative Writing (Grades 10-12) - 3 college credits

English 10

Regents American Literature-(Grade 11)

English 9 Regents
Mystery Literature & Film (Grades 10-12) English 10 Honors Advanced Credit American Literature 1 & 2 (Grade 11) - 6 college credits  English 9 Honors
Regents British Literature (12) Advanced Placement Literature (12) Advanced Desktop Publishing (Grades 10-12) English 11 Regents 
College Composition - 3 college credits  


English as a New Language      

Faculty Resource Pages (for students and parents):
Ms. Joanne Pera

MLA Style Booklet: Student Resource Booklet for Research Papers