The History Department seeks to give students a sense of the importance of the past, the present and the future, and their connection and responsibility to all three. By the time of graduation, students are prepared to understand and appreciate past peoples, ideas and events, as well as to maintain an informed understanding of current events for the rest of his or her life. It is our hope that our students will become critical, active participants in the community, nation and world.
All ninth grade students take World Religions.
All 10th grade students take Modern World History.
All 11th grade students take either U.S. History or Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH). Grades of at least B+ in tenth grade English and A- in Modern World History are required for automatic admission to APUSH. Students who do not earn these qualifying grades may be admitted on a case-by-case basis if additional places become available. Both courses include formal research papers. APUSH is designed to be a college-level course, and expectations of students’ ability to work independently are correspondingly higher.
There is no requirement to take a History class in the 12th grade. Seniors are given priority in signing up for 12th grade electives, but some courses are also open to juniors and sophomores when space permits. Many electives are divisible at the semester, but others (such as AP Micro- and Macro-economics) are available only as a two-semester sequence.