Westwood High School

 The Oxford Program

For thirteen 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 undergraduate 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 together with former Director, Dr. William Smith, and the current Director, Dr. Michael McClintock,  to bring this outstanding opportunity to the WHS students. 

“The Oxford Program” is a partnership between Westwood High School and Bridgewater State University through which Westwood students have an opportunity to participate in the Bridgewater-at-Oxford study abroad program as college students.

The program is open to WHS students in the summer following their senior year. Students must be eighteen years of age by July 6th to be eligible. WHS English teacher, Mrs. Karen Brackman, works with the BSU Director of Study Abroad to identify students who would be successful participants in the program, which includes several educational trips and walking tours that supplement their studies. They participate in scheduled trips to Wales, Bath, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, and London.

As a liaison to Bridgewater State University, Mrs. Brackman communicates with AP and honors English students about the program during the spring of their junior year, working with their English teachers to identify candidates who demonstrate the academic strength, maturity and character that are required of program participants. Please contact Mrs. Karen Brackman with any questions.

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

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