The Oyster River English Department believes that in order to develop critical thinking skills and personal growth in our students we must approach both reading and writing as a process. This process must be individualized to meet the needs of all learners which is achieved through the elective system as well as the emphasis on choice within each course.  We further believe that it is through the study of diverse and complex literature and the process of writing and speaking that students learn to challenge their intellectual, social, and cultural boundaries.