Writing is an important part of the Deerfield curriculum and it receives special emphasis in the English department. From English I, where freshmen learn the fundamentals of strong persuasive writing, students work their way through Deerfield’s rigorous writing curriculum, which culminates in a senior meditation, a long, reflective piece that students present to their classmates.
As with all of Deerfield’s academic departments, the primary characteristic of the writing program is the balance between support and rigor. Deerfield’s English teachers consistently motivate their students to improve through a varied and challenging curriculum that thrives on a diverse mix of writing assignments. Even as students learn the fundamentals of persuasive and formal writing, they are also introduced to creative writing in the classroom as an outlet for expression. Senior English electives in particular offer writing in less traditional forms, as students delve into specific and interesting subject matter.