… distinguished by the diversity and breadth of our course offerings, which allow students to pursue existing interests and find new challenges. Along with our electives, a sequence of required classes builds writing skills as well as community at each grade level. Students practice reading attentively and are exposed to the canon, engage historical and cultural context, as well as explore contemporary connections.
Small class sizes allow teachers to give individualized feedback that keep students on their “learning edge.” Students also learn from each other through lively discussions, collaboration, projects, presentations, and peer review.
The writing process and revision are integral to all of our classes. Purposeful, playful assignments that stretch students’ persuasive, creative, and reflective capacities are included along with analytical text-based writing in every class.
Ultimately, the English department enables students to develop language to enrich their personal lives, to learn to decode texts, to maintain their creativity, to deepen their understanding of diverse voices and places, and to mature into citizens of the world.