Students at The Hill School begin their English studies with a two-year sequence of Foundations courses. These courses introduce third and fourth formers to the writing process, to literary and textual analysis, and to conventions of writing. Students learn to collaborate productively, to problem solve, and to apply their skills and knowledge instructively and creatively. In the fifth and sixth forms students enhance and refine the recursive skills of reading and writing through a wide selection of challenging courses. At each level, discussion—around the Harkness table or in mobile Nodes Chairs - is at the heart of what we do.
The English Department identifies six core principles as facilitators of our philosophy: critical thinking, creative purpose, reading, processes, critical action, and knowledge of conventions. By taking classes guided by these principles, Hill students develop the knowledge and skills that will help them become engaged, critical, and creative citizens of the world.
- English 1
- English 2
- Journalism 1
- English 3 (Honors option)
- English 3
- English 3 AP Language (College Level)
- English 4 (Honors option)
- English 4 (Honors option): Creative Writing
- English 4 (Honors): Literature and Religion
- English 4 AP Literature (College Level)
The more digging I did into service learning, the more I began to realize that we could use the entire community as our classroom. The deepest learning happens when students are able to connect their classroom learning with the real world, so that’s what we set out to do.Courtney Neese '01, Athey Family Master of English