Harvard-Westlake students read literature to explore the fundamental questions about human nature that great writers frame and address for all of us. At all times, teachers encourage student discovery through reading poems, plays and novels. By engaging dramatic and concrete images of complex human beings confronting universal problems in these texts, we develop an ethical framework by gaining understanding of ourselves and empathy for others. No other discipline provides this opportunity for an exploration of the human heart in action. The English curriculum, at all levels, seeks to empower students to read critically and write gracefully while developing every student’s own personal perspective, moral code and empathy for others.