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English Department

The Oldfields English Department offers courses that are both rich in content and rigorous in their expectations. English classes emphasize critical analysis of written work and encourage the expression of concrete and abstract thinking through thesis-driven compositions. Our classes focus on students achieving proficiency in writing analytically, and our teachers use unique, engaging methods to help them reach this goal. Grammar, usage, and vocabulary are integrated at each grade level to foster effective writing. By the end of each year, students will have become increasingly perceptive readers, deeper thinkers, and more persuasive communicators.

The study of literature and composition enriches the exploration of student beliefs and values by thoughtfully examining the moral development of characters in literature. Teaching character education through literature pushes students to engage in the complexity of ideas that so often shape broader social issues. In the end, students come together in a learning space that allows them to embrace their own way of thinking. They recognize and appreciate the value of the thought processes of their peers.

The Oldfields English curriculum has several features that distinguish it from other programs:

  • An exceptionally diverse selection of literature chosen from many traditions and from various genres, including film
  • A process approach to writing and drafting, which uses collaborative feedback to benefit both the writer and the editor and teaches students to develop their own writing voice
  • Seminar-style classes to encourage engagement and active participation, with frequent opportunities to make class presentations
  • Honors courses offered in grades 10-12
  • Student and faculty-staffed writing center
1500 Glencoe Road
Sparks Glencoe, Maryland 21152

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The Oldfields Difference

From our unique academic schedule to our one-of-a kind May Program, there are benefits to OS students that cannot be found elsewhere.

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Undeniable Results

High standards, low pressure, and a supportive environment result in confident, successful young women.

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A Sporting Life

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Total Life Balance

Students’ days are intentionally planned to nurture mind, body, and spirit – and have fun!

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