Academics

Social Studies

History and geography are the lenses through which students develop an understanding of how our physical and cultural worlds have evolved. Beginning with “here and now” and expanding to “far away and long ago,” the program touches upon economics, sociology, religion, philosophy, political science, and the arts to provide broad context for students. Students acquire the appropriate tools to explore and investigate their heritage and learn how they fit into their global community.

Theme progression through the lower school years includes Me and My World, My School and My Family, My Community, Our Community and Beyond, and Regions of Our Country. In the Upper School, we provide a continuum of study that attempts to provide a broad survey of world history. Fifth graders explore prehistory and ancient cultures, while sixth graders continue their studies up to the advent of the scientific revolution. These studies lay a foundation for deeper understanding of American and modern world history, which are studied in seventh and eighth grades.

Students learn about the great ideas, issues, and controversies of the past and present to help them become perceptive and concerned citizens of the world. Connections between the students’ ideas about the local community, the state, the country, and the world are particularly emphasized.
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