We have designed the English program to be comprehensive for students coming to Andover for three or four years, but adaptable for those who join along the way. To develop skills in close reading and clear writing, we address the same topics each year with increasing sophistication; because we believe these skills are developed slowly and thoughtfully, we do not allow students to skip ahead of their peers in the sequence.
For teachers in Bulfinch Hall, literature is important for its beauty, ideas and joy; to help our students develop and nurture similar appreciation, we expose them to a broad range of literary voices, beginning in the 9th grade and stretching throughout the years. All classes are seminars, and students quickly discover a climate where discussion is necessary, encouraged and respected.
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