Ancient History (6th grade)
Students will examine the lifestyles, customs, and religions of four ancient civilizations. This will enable them to see where man has already been and where he is headed. Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Rome and Germanic tribes will be studies as independent units. A year-end project is required. This course will give the student the proper background for the study of Western Civilization.
Western Civilization (7th grade)
This class begins with the early Roman Church and continues on to the period of European Exploration. This course is taught thematically and will cover the Medieval Period, the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Period of Exploration. Students will gain a general knowledge of selected spiritual, political and military leaders. They will construct a time line of key events, become familiar with Western art, understand the underlying causes of the Reformation and understand how all of these resulted in the rise of powerful European nations and their expansion into the rest of the world. This course will give the student the proper background for the study of U.S. History to 1865.
United States History to 1865 (8th grade)
This course will study United States history to the Civil War. The class will begin with the colonization of America – understand its impact on Native American life, and why colonial America rebelled against the British Empire. They will follow the battles of the American Revolution and gain a proper understanding of early American government and the Constitution. Next they will study the early 19th century, including inventions, industrialization and westward expansion. Finally, students will gain a strong understanding of the causes of the Civil War and will finish with the Reconstruction period. Participation in National History Day is required. This class will give the student the proper background for the study of U.S. Government.