Reading connects us to the universality all humans share, linking us to people regardless of race, gender, socio-economic status, class, etc. In class, we read stories written by people whose voices are not typically heard. Then our students are connected to them, which is an important step in the process of becoming global citizens." Mark Smith, English Teacher
Upper School students fine-tune their English language abilities by practicing the elements of effective interpersonal communication, close reading of literary and visual texts, audience-centered composition, public speaking and oral interpretation.
The English department encourages students to develop both self-awareness and personal style through the writing process, from pre-writing through revision. Students take four years of English, consisting of required courses in ninth and tenth grades and semester or intensive elective courses in eleventh and twelfth grades.