Writing Style Guide for Besant Hill School Media

The following is provided to help create consistency across media and marketing materials.

Check names for spelling and graduation years

Please note: For privacy purposes, we are only using first names and last initial for current student names. Student names and years can be found on the yearly database. Faculty names and titles can be found on the yearly database or Faculty and Staff directory.

Formatting Graduation Years

The first time a student name appears in an article, it should include full name followed by the graduation year. The graduation year should be preceded by an apostrophe but does not require commas. On subsequent references, you may use only the first or last name.

Joe S. (’08), Joe S., ’08, Joe S., BHS  ’08

Joe S. ’08 returned to campus this year for a visit. Joe walked around the vernal pool and visited with students. We love Joe.

An exception might be in HOWL articles where HVS is preferred. Sally Smith HVS ’64.

Avoid using “BHS”

Avoid using the term BHS. Use “Besant Hill School.”

Zalk “Theater”

Avoid using “Theatre” when referring to the Zalk Theater.

Course name capitalization:

Avoid using ALL CAPS.

Course Names

Official names of courses should be capitalized (e.g., Anatomy and Physiology), but never italicized or put in quotation marks.

Informal descriptions of courses or academic fields should be lowercase (e.g., “a course in anatomy and physiology” or “She teaches music.”).

When referencing Alumni:

  • Alumnus is used to refer to a male graduate or former student.
  • Alumni is the plural of alumnus but can also be used to refer to a group of male and female graduates/former students.
  • Alumna is used to refer to a female graduate or former student.
  • Alumnae is the plural of alumna.
student reading Aun Aprendo magazine

For fine examples of BHS Besant Hill School writing standards…check out recent editions of Aun Aprendo Magazine.