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English

English class

About the English Program

The English Department engages students in critical thinking, imagination, empathy and self-understanding through reading, writing and discussion. Embracing literature’s power to instruct and delight, the department values curricular complexity and inspiration.

Our literature program combines a core of landmark literary texts with a complement of varied and diverse works, cultivating the analytical skills needed for close textual analysis while fostering ethical awareness and an understanding of cultural, social, racial and historical backgrounds. Our literary curriculum celebrates intellectual engagement, cultural literacy and a lifelong appreciation of literature.

Writing Curriculum

Our writing curriculum develops insightful, disciplined, thorough and coherent expression in a variety of rhetorical modes. Through expository writing, creative projects, public speaking, debate and personal narrative, students master the fundamentals of written expression, developing voice, confidence and verbal fluency. All of these modes invite students to explore a range of literary texts, synthesizing complex, disparate ideas in coherent language. 

Student-Centered Activities

Active participation plays a central role in Prep’s English classes. Engaging in full-class and small-group explorations, Socratic seminars, debates and oral presentations, students apply course readings to their own experiences, sharpening their skills in close reading and broader interpretive argumentation. This emphasis on student-centered discussion clarifies moral values and highlights the timeless relevance of literature to our lives.

English Courses

English Department Faculty

Emily Balliet

Emily Balliet

Class of 2003
English Faculty
Megan Burton

Megan Burton

8th Grade Dean, English Faculty
Jodie Hare

Jodie Hare

English Faculty, College Counselor
Jennifer McHargue

Jennifer McHargue

English Teacher
Scott Myers

Scott Myers

English Faculty
Tyke O'Brien

Tyke O'Brien

English Department Chair, English Faculty
Austin Roy

Austin Roy

Class of 2013
English Faculty, Performing Arts Faculty
Mark Salzman

Mark Salzman

English Faculty
Tanu Srivastava

Tanu Srivastava

English Faculty