Preparing Boys for Life.

English

The English Department is dedicated to educating boys to see the world around them clearly, critically, and sensitively. Through the study of literature, we strive to nurture young men to be thoughtful and generous forces in their communities and to be able to read, write, and speak with precision and power.

As students examine literature both traditionally Western and more culturally diverse, they encounter attitudes and lives that expose them to new perspectives. As they write analytical papers, personal narratives, and creative pieces, they build and explore their rhetorical and artistic skills. As they speak in small discussion groups and in formal presentation, they discover their own voices and learn to listen to each other.

The English Department program is structured in such a way that each student’s sharpened critical awareness—in reading skills, in writing, and in oration—builds incrementally. As students learn to recognize linguistic structures and possibilities, they also come to understand the basic elements intrinsic to literature of all genres. We know that close observation of textual detail enriches the rhetorical quality of thinking, writing, and speaking. In our efforts to shape and sharpen our students’ verbal skills, to expand their knowledge of literature, and to add to their general intellectual growth, we provide memorable and useful experiences. Such is our ambition: that our efforts and associations will instill habits and skills of lifelong value.


The spring 2016 issue of Haverford School Today was entitled "Men of Letters" and highlights the evolution of the English curriculum, as well as student and alumni writers.

Take a look at "Men of Letters" >


Accolades

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

2017-18 Gold Keys (3), Silver Keys (9), Honorable Mentions (14)

The Index
(student newspaper)

2017 silver medal, 2013 gold medal, Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Pegasus
(literary magazine)

2017, 2016 & 2015 gold medal, 2014 & 2013 silver medal, Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Highlights

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