High School Writing Program

Help your student make an impact with uncommonly clear communication skills.

How we guide your student

As your student grows towards adulthood, they’re becoming more aware of their unique perspective on life and the world around them. They are also experiencing more and more opportunities to share their voice and be challenged by different views. With this in mind, you want them to have the confidence and capacity to express themselves and stand up for their beliefs without alienating or unnecessarily scorning others. Our High School Writing Program shows your student how to strike that balance and communicate like a pro.

Mentors in this program work with new high school students to level-up their writing skills for the advanced assignments they’ll complete in later courses. The Classic course helps students who don’t consider themselves “writers” improve their skills in writing fundamentals, while the Honors course provides a faster and more rigorous experience for students who have had more practice. In Journalism, students get the chance to contribute to The Burger Gazette (the Williamsburg student newspaper) and hone advanced writing skills while exploring the role of journalism in society today.

Students emerge from these courses with a more refined sense of their writing voice and greater confidence in their ability to use words to express themselves and inspire change in the world around them. They are well-prepared to succeed in future writing projects and move ahead in life as uncommonly clear communicators.

Please note that program and course descriptions are subject to change as we continuously improve our curriculum throughout the year. Some courses require subscriptions e.g., Adobe software or online magazines that may not be covered by partner schools. Required books and materials are noted in this document, in SIS, and on individual course pages.