Middle School Academics
The curriculum for the study of ancient civilizations introduces basic themes such as the links between past, present, and future. Students become aware of their place in history, and what history is and the historical process. Understanding past cultures around the world through time has direct correlation with today’s changing world. The curriculum covers time from pre-history to Roman times, as well as cultures around the world. The study is further enhanced by the study of geography to help students become aware of the effect geography has on human interaction and cultural development. This is achieved through a variety of means – projects (the archeological dig), field trips, video presentations, as well as lecture and group activities and computer civilization simulation. Proper research formats are introduced and applied to papers and projects.
Seventh grade curriculum, beginning with the Fall of the Roman Empire and culminating with the Age of the Renaissance continues the study of World Civilizations begun in sixth grade. The subject areas are brought to life through interactive classroom activities such as participating in a Japanese Tea Ceremony. designing a travel brochure, or preparing for a Renaissance feast. Students learn to think, question, and discover the answers to our world, then and now. Primary sources are introduced as part of the research process and literature, such as The Canterbury Tales, is used to help students experience what life was like for people of other places and times.
The American History curriculum furthers previously taught study and writing skills, and strengthens the ability to apply critical thinking strategies. Several themes and concepts are simultaneously explored. These include ideals and practice of democracy, economic development, industrialization, cultural diversity, manifest destiny, World War I and II, and the role of the United States as a world power. Literature, such as Killer Angels and Animal Farm allow students to analyze forms of governments. Projects and field trips are planned to show the relevance of historical events to current times and to encourage an empathetic viewpoint toward people past and present. In the Spring, a class trip to Washington, D.C., Gettysburg, and New York City brings many curricular themes into focus.