Our course offerings are designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to become active participants in our diverse, changing world.
We engage and encourage students to develop their own questions about the past, create bridges between events of the past and our world today, and foster a lasting interest in the discipline.
Our Upper School students must take nine credits (or three full years) of history and one credit (or one term) of religion to meet graduation requirements. Three of those history credits must be earned in a United States History course. While the majority of students complete their history requirement by the end of their junior year, many students take advantage of the senior level electives offered in the department and graduate with twelve to fifteen credits in history.
Our Middle School curriculum consists of a combined grade 6/7 course which focuses on introducing historical thinking skills while examining topics in US History. In 8th grade, students continue their focus on building skills, but the course content shifts to World Geography. Most students in the 9th and 10th grade take a two year World History survey course which looks at both Western and non-Western societies starting with the Ancient Greeks and moving forward to present day. Students then take a US History survey course and either World Religions, Introduction to the Bible, or Ethics during their 11th-grade year to complete their requirement.
Advanced Placement course offerings include AP Economics, AP Government and Politics, AP Modern European History, AP Psychology, and AP United States History.