We live within a complex world facing challenges that frequently have their
roots in the past. In history classes students explore, analyze, and evaluate these
roots by looking at earlier political, religious, economic, and social institutions.
Students thereby acquire knowledge and develop skills that they can use to
create meaning about their own lives and about the times in which they live.
department’s curriculum provides a framework and body of knowledge with
which to organize an understanding of these aspects of human endeavor.
Instruction in the seventh and eighth grades addresses geography, global issues,
and American social and political institutions. Study in grades nine, ten, and
eleven addresses the history of Western culture, of world civilizations, and of
the United States. In the twelfth grade, specialized courses in history and the
social sciences allow students to broaden, or to intensify, their program of study.
The curriculum, grounded in factual information, develops critical thinking
through reasoned classroom dialogue and logical, analytical writing. Teachers
also strive in their classes to nurture each student’s personal growth, to promote
the group’s mutual goals and responsibilities, and to engender a joy for learning.
All history students are expected to be familiar with the History Department's Policies. See the links below to view the policies.
History Department's Policies (PDF)