We offer a rich program of reading and writing that draws on some of the best that has been known throughout the ages, and addresses the challenges of modern life.
You'll learn to read critically, an essential life skill in a world that is filled with multi-media messages. You'll engage with great literature and explore the human questions it raises. You'll participate in creative, dynamic assignments, like critically examining a podcast or making an animated film based on a scene from "Hamlet."
We'll challenge you to formulate arguments, weigh and select evidence, reason logically and effectively, write a clear narrative, express personal views, use language imaginatively and present all of the above in clear, grammatically correct prose.
You'll be exposed to vigorous classroom discussions among intellectually and emotionally engaged peers, in a setting where love of language and a love of ideas is valued.
Our dynamic curriculum includes courses in humanities, and classical and contemporary literature. We offer advanced placement classes as well as the Creative Writing Signature Experience, an opportunity to develop your passion for creative writing through a sequence of elective classes and extracurricular activities.
This is the best time in human history to be in an English class. There are more ways to access texts; more ways to connect with literature to experience; and more ways to share and refine your ideas about a text. We take full advantage of that opportunity. Matt Roach, English Department Chair
Finding and developing our students' interests increases their engagement in learning.
By Matthew Roach, English Department Chair
M.A., Bread Loaf School of English
J.D., Villanova University School of Law
M.A., Middlebury College
M.Ed., University of Virginia
M.A., University of Virginia