"The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A centerpiece of the English program at Altamont is our belief in the value of reading as it improves the student's writing, vocabulary, and knowledge. Therefore we require each Altamont student to read outside of class four hundred pages per month, including books from the English department's list as well as reading for other classes. Furthermore, in our attempt to make reading a lifelong habit, we expect students to read five books during the summer, chosen from the grade-level reading lists.