About the Program
Archer’s English department nurtures a love of words and their wonder. We invite students to discover the pleasure of a finely tuned phrase, a perfectly chosen word, and a strikingly drawn character. Through careful selection of texts, we ask students to read widely and deeply from many cultures and genres.
Our attention to the craft of writing gives students the tools to communicate in a lean, lively, graceful manner. We have students write in many modes but always with attention to their audience and purpose. As a result, in every piece that they write, we encourage students to hone their voices through copious revision and sharing of their work. Opportunities to play with words extend beyond the classroom through the Middle and Upper School literary magazines, Archer's online student newspaper The Oracle, Mock Trial, Debate, Film Studies, and Yearbook.
We aim through our many approaches to create life-long passionate readers, writers, speakers, and thinkers.
Gemma B. '18
"The humanities have made me more confident in my uncertainty and more willing to be pushed outside of my comfort zone. I look forward to the challenge and want to ask questions."