Welcome to the Northern Valley Old Tappan English Department!

The English curriculum of the Northern Valley Regional High School District attempts to develop the reading, writing, and researching skills of all of the district’s students through in-depth study of great literature and frequent writing practice. At each grade level, pupils are required to complete a research or critical paper to help them to gain facility in writing papers of length that integrate both primary and secondary sources. Moreover, classes at the college preparatory, college preparatory enriched, and honors/advanced placement levels meet the needs of all English students in the district.
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Writing Center Available Every Day at Lunch in room F201!

Students in English IV: Detective Fiction Studies Skype with Best-Selling Author JD Barker!


Students in English I class Skyped with Rabbit Cake author Annie Hartnett!


Welcome Poet Mr. Dan Masterson, First Poet Laureate of New York's Rockland County


 Mr. Masterson generously met with students in Mr. Okol's 9th Grade, English I class. He shared his research, and specifically read his poem, “Out of the Blue” which conveys human tragedy in its most allegorical and synchronistic terms. More importantly, he emphasized and encouraged the point to all students who attended, to embrace this art rather than run from it,

Congratulations to Samantha Derrico and Chris Bazela, NVOT Winners of the Association of Indians in America Gandhi Writing Contest!


Coldwater Literary Magazine Recognized


Students involved in Coldwater, the literary magazine at Old Tappan, have been recommended for the “Highest Award” ranking for the fifth year in a row (2012-2016) for the NCTE Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (PRESLM).