The English program at TVT provides arenas in which students' natural curiosity about the world can be explored in depth. In examining the many important questions that texts raise about the nature of the individual, communities, and conflict, students graduate with a greater capacity for compassion, an understanding of multiple perspectives, and a deep appreciation of the many answers literature affords us to the question: What does it mean to be human?
In order to achieve this goal, students are taught interpretive strategies that are transferable across texts: ways of understanding character, point of view, setting, and other components that enable students to discover and respond to the complex ideas that literature poses, in addition to understanding their own habits of mind.
The writing program is designed so that students understand that writing is both a process and a product, a way of expressing themselves and a means of discovering what they truly believe. Students are exposed to various genres, such as short stories, drama, poetry, and non-fiction pieces in consideration of various rhetorical strategies a writer might employ. Students use these pieces as mentor texts from which they find their own authentic voices, and instead of merely consuming information and culture, they become creators of literature and writers of their own destinies.