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Explore the human experience. 

In the Branson English classroom, we investigate, explore, question, analyze, and fall in love with our literary texts every day. From Homer to Shakespeare, Mary Shelley to Frederick Douglass, Jhumpa Lahiri to Zadie Smith, students immerse themselves in vibrant, diverse worlds. We aim to offer all students of all identities the pleasure and value of seeing themselves reflected in the texts they read, and to learn, with empathy and compassion, about cultures and experiences rarely explored.


In our innovative classes, you will learn through student-driven and student-lead conversations, multimedia presentations, collaborative projects, design thinking, connections to visual media, and more. You will constantly have opportunities to explore the connections between the work of the classroom and prescient issues in the world, the society, that emanates beyond the academic space.

Most importantly, you will explore the essential nature of writing, digging deeper than “thesis, evidence, analysis.” You’ll engage in a conversation between yourself, the text, and your audience. You’ll explore how writing engenders epiphany through both the strength of language and the clarity of vision.

English Requirements

12 units (4 years) 

All students take English I in the ninth grade and English II in the tenth grade. In the eleventh and twelfth grade, students choose from semester electives and must take an English class each semester.

Meet Our English Faculty

Gianna Craig

Gianna Craig

English Teacher
Madeline Lesser

Madeline Lesser

English Teacher
Erin Mansur

Erin Mansur

English Teacher
Caroline Santinelli

Caroline Santinelli

English Teacher
Evan Schnair

Evan Schnair

English Teacher
Giles Scott

Giles Scott

English Teacher, English Department Chair
Jeff Symonds

Jeff Symonds

Director of Teaching and Learning; Interim Director of Studies; English Teacher; Music Teacher
Director of Teaching and Learning; Interim Director of Studies; English Teacher; Music Teacher

View the Curriculum Guide

Yearlong Courses

  • English I
  • English II

Fall Semester Courses

  • Being at Home: Community and Belonging in America
  • Framing America: The Art of Autobiography
  • “Examine Everything": Education in Focus
  • Reimagining Greek Myth
  • Reimagining The Self
  • “Speak, Write, Do Language” Survey in African-American Literature
  • Taking the Toxic Out of Toxic Masculinity

Spring Semester Courses

  • Climate Narratives: Then & Now
  • Encountering Beauty
  • Graphic Narratives: Gender, Genre, and Form
  • Hollywood and Vine, Florence and Normandie: 20th Century LA and the Struggle to (Re)Define America
  • Intensity, Brevity, Balance: Introduction to Short Fiction
  • Not Poetry
  • Shakespeare and the Twenty-First Century 

For a complete list of English courses and their descriptions, read the 2021-22 Curriculum Guide