English classes are lively at Fountain Valley School, balancing studies in American and world literature and a mix of classics, contemporary, avant-garde texts and ideas. The writing process is emphasized at all levels and includes organization, effective argument, mechanics and creativity.
Classes are taught seminar-style, employing Socratic dialog and Harkness Table methods. The program offers several interdisciplinary classes that combine English with the history or science departments, for example, Colorado Ecology: Reading Landscape Through the Poet and Naturalist Lens.
For the extroverts among us, a perennial favorite is the school-wide English Department Theater Festival where students act out scenes from Shakespeare and other playwrights, followed by a medieval-style, utensil-free dinner.
And if you'd like to showcase your skills as an orator and represent FVS, the school participates in the annual Poetry Out Loud contest. In recent years, two Fountain Valley students have won the state competition and competed at nationals in Washington, D.C. The English Department also sponsors a city-wide poetry contest in Colorado Springs each year.