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. 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 learn how geography, economics, and politics played a role in the rise of the empire. The class will also be introduced to the field of archaeology and learn how it allows for the study of Rome and other ancient cultures. Students will develop their skills in reading, writing, note-taking, 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. The course also spends a unit studying US government, civics, and citizenship. 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.