Upper School Social Studies/Humanities Curriculum

World History (9th)


The 9/10 World History course covers important events and people beginning with the Neolithic Revolution carrying into current day events that reflect on the occurrences of past governments, religious developments, migration patterns and geological influences. Students are encouraged to think critically about complex historical themes (rather than passively recite historical dates and events) and develop a comprehensive understanding of global history.


United States History (10th Grade)


In United States History, students explore the important events and themes that have shaped the U.S. from early colonization to present day. An emphasis is placed on post-Civil War reconstruction through the 20th century, providing students a deep understanding of how our nation emerged as a global economic and political power. Individual and group research projects help students grasp the complexities of historical events and enhance research, writing, and teamwork skills.


Government & Politics (11th Grade)


In Government & Politics, the study of local, state, and national government prepares students for citizenship in a global community. Class discussion is focused on issues that will impact the world now and in the future. Global governance and the role of non-governmental organizations are discussed. Students develop an understanding of the current issues facing the global community by taking an in-depth look at U.S. and world politics from the beginning of the Cold War to the new millennium. Civil rights issues, armed conflicts, and the ever-changing social, economic, and political climate are examined and students have ample opportunity to engage in civil discourse

Introduction to Philosophy (Senior Elective)


In the senior year a variety of electives are offered base on student interest. Once such course is Introduction to Philosophy. This survey course covers important ideologies and thinkers in Philosophy, including but not limited to: Metaphysics/Rene Descartes, Rationalism/Plato, Kantian Ethics/Immanuel Kant and Justification of Government/John Locke. Students are encouraged to think critically about how our existence and thought processes are explained through discussion, debate and thought experiments.