I love the opportunities that teaching history provides for pushing our students to be critical thinkers, to challenge their preexisting assumptions, and to develop greater empathy as they broaden their perspectives." –Andrew Schneider, History Department Chair
The Middle School History program introduces students to problem-solving, research, and critical thinking skills, as well as map reading, statistics, and graph and chart interpretation. Students distinguish between primary and secondary sources and assess them by a variety of methods. They also develop timemanagement skills and effective study methods and learn the proper form for research papers.
Geography is the primary focus of 6th grade, followed by American Studies and Washington State History in 7th grade. In 8th grade, students explore the development of belief systems and ethics by looking at world religions in the past and present.