Language arts studies first focus upon basic skills such as grammatical understanding, sentence structure, and proper usage of the written language. Additional studies include reading comprehension with an emphasis on vocabulary and organization of ideas, themes, and abstract concepts in language. Test-taking skills will also be developed. In addition, the Academy encourages students to read as much as possible whether it be through the use of its extensive library or through programs such as the annual Summer Reading Challenge. The Academy’s Language Arts program is unique in that it also focuses on the improvement of students’ writing abilities, a crucial skill that is often neglected.