This course is the required, first-year course in the Language Arts program. It provides a foundation for language, composition, literature, and independent reading. Written entries for portfolios will be required. This is a reading and writing-intensive course emphasizing preparation for LA II Advanced. (One-credit, one-year, meets language arts requirement for grade 9). Candidates requesting this accelerated course will be admitted based on a consideration of their successful completion of 8th grade Language Arts, NWEA and MAP scores, and teacher advisement.