Writing is an important part of the Deerfield curriculum—indeed, there are even math classes that require journaling—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.
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 varied and challenging lessons that thrives on a diverse mix of writing assignments, and teachers in other departments (particularly in the humanities) reinforce these skills with assignments and activities that contain writing as a central element.
While the preparation of persuasive and formal writing is core to the program, 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.