Social Studies

We believe that an understanding of identity for who we and others are as individuals and as societies requires careful and contextual placement in time and place, and that this learning happens most effectively in classrooms in which students and teachers sit together for the analysis and synthesis of a variety of texts, both historical and contemporary.

Instruction includes the use of traditional secondary source texts with an increasing emphasis across grade levels on the study of primary source material as a means of developing a critical awareness of past and present influences on society.

Graduates of the Academy will have successfully completed three years of study in history (including US and non-US courses) and may choose senior electives from a variety of Advanced Placement and advanced level courses.

What can the past teach you about today or tomorrow? The study of history helps you interpret the world. When you see the big picture of the events, politics, art, religion, literature, and life of the past, you'll have a better grasp of the present and future.

In every history course, we encourage students to think and ask questions like an historian: creatively, imaginatively, and with intellectual rigor. We emphasize student-centered discussion, close reading of primary sources, analytical thinking, and independent research.

The program covers United States, European, and world history, including voices often not considered in traditional approaches to the subject.


U.S. History Foundations
Atlantic World History
International and Global Studies
Model United Nations
International Perspectives on U.S. History
U.S. History Special Topics
Modern African Studies Seminar
Topics in Psychology
Advanced History Seminar
AP Microeconomics
AP Macroeconomics
AP U.S. History Special Topics
AP European History
AP Psychology

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