The Middle School history curriculum introduces students to world history and world geography. At each grade level, students are encouraged to develop an appreciation for the discipline of history and to understand historical cause and effect, as well as the relationships between peoples, ideas, events, and geography. In all three grades, students will develop their ability to read various kinds of historical material with critical yet understanding eyes. This material includes primary and secondary sources and scholarly and popular articles. Students will also write persuasive essays and will practice expressing themselves orally through debates, presentations, and simulations. Finally, students will develop research skills while learning how to use technology effectively as a tool for both scholarly exploration and presentation.
In eighth grade, students take a year-long survey course that examines the significant events, people, and ideas that have shaped American history from the colonial period to the present. Through this examination, students will have the opportunity to deepen and expand their understanding of and appreciation for what it means to be an American.