Westwood High School

 The Oxford Program

For twelve years this prestigious study abroad program has been offering the Oxford experience to exceptional Westwood High School students. Over one hundred fifty Westwood High School graduates have successfully participated in the program since 2006. For more than thirty years, the Bridgewater-at-Oxford Program has enrolled students from a wide range of universities including Harvard, Holy Cross, Tufts, Roger Williams, Yale, Columbia, Howard and Vassar.

Westwood High School graduates enroll in a literature course which carries three transferable undergratuate credits through Bridgewater State University. The small classes are taught in the tutorial style by Oxford lecturers, which is unique in that most study abroad programs are taught by professors from American universities. The English Literature course being offered this year is the “Oxford Fantasists” and will be taught by Oxford lecturer, Dr. Emma Plaskitt. 
WHS English teacher, Mrs. Karen Brackman, is also an Oxford Program alumna and a former adjunct English professor at Bridgewater State University. Mrs. Brackman has worked along with Dr. William Smith, the Oxford Program Director and a professor of English at BSU, to bring this outstanding opportunity to the WHS students. 

As part of the program, students also experience several educational trips and walking tours relative to their studies. They participate in scheduled sojourns to such places as Tintern Abbey in Wales, Blenheim Palace, and London.

During the spring of junior year, academically eligible honors and AP English students, who have received a strong recommendation by their English teachers, are invited to apply. Acceptances are based on academic strength, maturity and exemplary character. Please contact Mrs. Karen Brackman with any questions.

  • Contact Mrs. Brackman for more information: kbrackman@westwood.k12.ma.us.
  • 781.326.7500 x3167