Pingree’s four-year English program provides a space for students to reflect, connect meaningfully with literature, develop strong communication skills, and to remind us of both the frailty and vitality of the human experience—to help us be authentic people and better citizens as we navigate a complex world.
With an emphasis on skill-development, we provide a strong foundation in writing during the freshmen and sophomore years. During the junior year we teach American Literature alongside US History, and we offer an array of electives senior year. We aim to balance analytical writing with creative writing, to infuse our curriculum with a diversity of literary voices, and to instill in students a love of reading and a willingness to take intellectual and creative risks. We believe wholeheartedly in our small and discussion-based classes, that students deserve detailed and thoughtful feedback on their writing, and that we should always strive to meet students where they are.