The BASA ELA program, aligned with the Georgia Standards of Excellence, equips students with the ability to use formal English in their writing and speaking by gaining, evaluating, incorporating, and using credible information, complex ideas, and textual evidence. They will be able to identify and understand the development of multiple ideas through details and structure in non-fiction and poetry, and track the development of complex characters and advanced elements of plot in fiction and poetry. Student writing will reflect the ability to present, develop, substantiate, and defend a thesis, employing the structure, evidence, logic, rhetoric and figurative language, mood and tone necessary in the composition of effective, clear, and persuasive texts. Graduating students will be able to construct college-ready research papers of significant length in accordance with the guidelines of standard format styles such as APA and MLA. Through extensive reading and writing with an emphasis on context, students will build strong and varied vocabularies across multiple content areas, including technical subjects.


  • 9th Grade - Literature and Composition, Literature and Composition Honors
  • 10th Grade - Multicultural Literature and Composition, Multicultural Literature and Composition Honors, AP Language
  • 11th Grade - American Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition Honors
  • 12th Grade - Advanced Composition, Dramatic Writing
  • Dual Enrollment - English 1101, English 1102

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Language Arts Teachers

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Katie Conrad

ELA Department Chair & Academic Interventionist - BASA

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Emma Meadows


A native of Georgia, Emma Meadows is beginning her teaching career with BASA during the...

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Casey Nissenbaum


Casey Nissenbaum has been teaching English/Language Arts for nearly twenty years. She l...

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Rachel Roper


My name is Rachel Roper. I was born in Ohio but Georgia has been home for over thirty y...

Ms. Williams

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