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The Upper School English curriculum strengthens the imaginative and intellectual faculties of our students by teaching them to read deeply, write thoughtfully, listen respectfully, and speak confidently. Enriched by a variety of pedagogical approaches, our program emphasizes writing as not only a tool for expression and communication, but also a means of discovery. Students write frequently in a variety of genres. Seminar-style discussions emphasize close, attentive reading of literature drawn from a variety of time periods and cultures and nurture students’ ability to grapple with complex questions and multiple perspectives. Frequent opportunities for public speaking embolden students to be more confident, articulate speakers. In all courses, students learn and review grammar, mechanics, and vocabulary in the context of writing.