A presidential election. Racial unrest amidst a pandemic. The struggle for voting rights. A historian might be hard-pressed to tell whether headlines about these issues were written this year or a century ago. Understanding American history shapes our ability to be well-informed citizens.
Your child will undertake an intensive study of American history from colonization to September 11, 2001 with an emphasis on themes, concepts, and issues. He will learn about the branches of government, economic development, and America’s role and global responsibilities during wartime and peace. Students will consider the experiences of women, immigrants, and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Your child will think about issues that have divided Americans and learn how to research an issue, choose a side, defend it, and prepare counterarguments and rebuttals. The week-long class trip to Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg enriches classroom lessons, bringing history to life with unforgettable experiences at the U.S. Capitol, Arlington National Cemetery, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National Cathedral, and much more. When the school year ends, we hope students leave with a passion for history and an enduring call to civic duty.