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The English curriculum at Harpeth Hall includes an array of literary works that provide opportunities for each student to think deeply about her relationship to the world around her and the complexities of the human experience. Writing, reading, research, grammar, and vocabulary strands serve as the foundation of our program.

The English curriculum at Harpeth Hall includes an array of literary works that provide opportunities for each student to think deeply about her relationship to the world around her and the complexities of the human experience. Writing, reading, research, grammar, and vocabulary strands serve as the foundation of our program. With a focus on literary analysis and writing, students hone their ability to think critically and imaginatively while writing with increasing sophistication. English classes in 9th, 10th, and 12th grades cover a variety of genres and periods in American, British, and world literature. The introduction of rhetoric in the 11th grade, with a focus on nonfiction, invites students to appreciate the myriad ways that writing is used across academic disciplines and in public discourse. Over the course of four high school years, students engage in project-based learning, collaboration, and independent research. By the end of 12th grade, students will have developed a strong repertoire of writing and critical reading skills as well as a demonstrated confidence in their own writing voice.

In addition to the four required years of English, the department offers a Creative Writing elective course for students interested in developing their skills in this area. Winterim courses also provide ninth and tenth grade students specific areas of study.

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