District 88 partners with Elmhurst University to provide students with opportunity to earn college credit in English

On May 17, Addison Trail seniors who are enrolled in District 88’s new English 12 Collegiate Credit course visited Elmhurst University for their final field trip of the school year.

That class provides pupils with an opportunity to receive credit for Elmhurst University’s English 105. The course is taught by District 88 teachers, in conjunction with Elmhurst University professors. Participants improve their vocabulary and writing skills and analyze literature in various forms, including novels, films, plays, essays, short stories and poetry.

The course focuses on improving writing for a variety of purposes and audiences, as well as encouraging students to develop their own writing style and voice. Students are recommended for this course by their junior-year English teacher and are approved by the English Department Head through an application process. This year, 27 District 88 pupils took the class.

During their visit to Elmhurst University, the Addison Trail students enjoyed lunch and presented their final paper to Elmhurst University faculty. The paper focused on the definition of community and how community impacts people’s lives.