Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School

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Producing skilled communicators, well-prepared for college and life

English 9
Honors English 9
English 10
Honors English 10
English 11
AP English Language & Composition
AP English Literature & Composition
English 12
Superheroes in Literature
Introduction to Theatre
Adolescent Literature
Signifies Honors, Advanced, or AP Course offering

Department Highlights

  • From the beginning of their high school career at OLSH, students develop research skills, including the evaluation of online resources, with the leadership of the English Department in collaboration with the OLSH Library.
  • Freshmen apply research and writing skills through the Roots Project, which features an interview with one of the oldest members of each student’s family. Students then continue to apply and develop these skills in a research-based curriculum that reinforces text-to-text connections in American, British, and World literature.
  • The OLSH Writing and Learning Center was established to reinforce writing skills across the curriculum.  In conjunction with the English Department, the Center supports students by providing teacher-led tutoring and writing conferences, as well as conferences with trained peer tutors.
  • The English Department utilizes various online resources to assist students in the writing and revision process, including the monitoring of plagiarism.
  • Seniors complete a comprehensive career path project in conjunction with their Senior Seminar Project.
  • AP English courses prepare students for success on the AP exam:
    AP Language & Comp.: 92% (2020), 77.1% (2021)
    AP Literature & Comp.: 86% (2020), 90% (2021), 100% (2022)


Kristi Vent, Chair
MS Duquesne University
BS Duquesne University
Erica Hollabaugh ‘04
MA Robert Morris University
BA Robert Morris University
Maureen Steuernagel
BS Duquesne University
Tyler Rodgers
MEd Duquesne University
BS/BA Duquesne University
Rachael Wallover ‘07
MA Point Park University
BS Duquesne University
Lynn Riale
MA Slippery Rock University
BA Edinboro University