Student Reading in English Class

The English Department offers students a broad range of reading, reasoning, responding, and writing to guide them toward becoming literate, thinking adults.

Beginning in sixth grade and moving through twelfth, students do close readings of major works of literature; learn the nuances of the English language through grammar, spelling and writing; and grapple with clarity and style in both written and spoken expression. The ultimate purpose for the study of grammar, literature, and writing is to enable students not only to reason well but also to feel deeply and to respond with discernment and compassion toward others. Beginning in seventh grade, students study a Shakespearean play each year as part of their curriculum.

2019 Summer Reading Lists

English Department course descriptions

English Department AP priorities for class placement

US English Department Handbook (2018-19)

MS English Department Handbook (2018-19)

Contact Information:

Cameron Phillips, English Department Chair
615-373-0611 x167