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 conjunction with their studies in foreign language, 5th graders will study ancient Rome in history class. They will also be introduced to archaeology, which will be an interdisciplinary unit with their science class, and anthropology. Students will discover how ancient cultures, especially Rome, developed and survived, considering the essential elements of these civilizations. Students will learn how to consider and discern between different types of historical sources, including archaeological resources, and they will develop their skills in reading, writing, and oral expression.
In 8th 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.