Upper School English courses build in sophistication through grades 9-12 by offering challenging texts and multiple avenues for analysis and expression. With a close eye on process, students read critically and learn to develop genuine ideas and opinions. Class conversations examine texts based on their structure and style, while simultaneously exploring various cultures, social restrictions, assumptions, and value systems. By providing a diverse curriculum, we encourage our students to develop empathy and see the value in exploring a world beyond their own.
Course offerings utilize novels, plays, short stories, folk tales, poetry, music, articles, essays, paintings, drawings, films, and podcasts. In response to these genres, students hone their ability to write clearly and powerfully with sound grammar and vocabulary. A senior elective, The Art of the Essay, provides students with techniques for being efficient and eloquent when crafting essays such as a social critique. Likewise, practice with oral presentation cultivates student confidence and articulation; for example, Genre Studies’ public speaking endeavors get students on their feet, communicating analytically and creatively.