The English Department at Seattle Academy prepares students for college and life through the practice of essential communication skills. Our curriculum is based first and foremost in writing. Whether in personal or expository essays, poetry or a speech, a writer must defend a position or communicate an idea using details and evidence, and affect the reader through the structure and language. The department also emphasizes close reading as an analytical skill and as a means of appreciating the world’s literature. Performing knowledge in demonstrations and presentations is also vital to students developing confidence and character and, therefore, also a major component of curriculum and assessment at all grade levels. Finally, we understand that not all students learn alike, so we strive to recognize areas of progress in individual students and to identify areas for improvement which will help each student excel in college and in life.