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Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12

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English

Graduation requirement: English required every semester

Students at Pennington can expect to have enriching experiences studying literature, writing, and language with English teachers enthusiastic about their discipline and trained to meet their needs. Through the daily discipline of active reading, writing, and note-taking, participation in discussions and other learning activities, and regular study of vocabulary and the conventions of mechanics, grammar, and usage, students become increasingly adept at making meaning for themselves. Asking questions of texts and one another, developing critical judgments, appreciating artistry, and speaking and writing clearly and precisely, students become knowledgeable and self-aware learners. Aware of the power of words, graduates depart Pennington knowing how to read discerningly for meaning; how to write efficiently, powerfully, and artfully; how to use language persuasively and precisely; and how to participate mindfully in a community of scholars.