English

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Program of Studies

Welcome to the English Department homepage, where you’ll find information about who we are, what we do, and what’s happening in our upstairs labyrinth.


Our Mission

In every course at every level, our goal is to nurture students’ critical thinking and communication skills. By helping students explore a variety of text and use language to articulate their ideas in different ways, we encourage them to develop agility and awareness as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.


Our Program

All students are required to follow the primary sequence of four full-year core English courses, typically starting with Academic English I in the freshman year and concluding with Academic English IV in the senior year. Students who qualify for advanced study have the opportunity to engage in Pre-AP (Advanced Placement) and AP courses, as well as a dual-enrollment community college course during their senior year.


We also offer several elective courses that may be taken in addition to the core program of study. Current elective offerings include Creative Writing, Journalism, Understanding Film, and Literature of Sports.

News & Events

  • Humans of MTA

  • Poetry Out Loud

  • NCTE Achievement Award in Writing Nominees

  • Oral History project with the Highlands

Lexi Witherell (in addition to winning a state championship in wrestling this weekend) has been accepted to the 2017 New England Young Writers' Conference. 

For those of you unfamiliar wth the conference, the NEYWC is arguably the most prestigious writing conference for high school writers in the country, admitting just 200 young writers each year. It's the young writers' version of the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference--a conference first suggested by Robert Frost and held annually on Middlebury's campus since 1926.

Lexi worked diligently on her NEYWC application, revising her submission piece upwards of ten times, and through this diligence, she has achieved something truly exceptional. 


Faculty and Links to Teacher Websites
Emily Vail, Department Head Jessica Belanger
Eric Bosarge Shannon Collum Meredith Diamond Tracy Boucher
Leonard Krill
Lianna Fenimore
Stewart Palmer
Jason Prince

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