• History

    The goal of the social sciences is to prepare students to be informed, productive, responsible, and conscientious citizens in our democratic society and inter dependent global community. All courses offer a comprehensive, standards - based curriculum rooted in the study of the geographic, historical, social, cultural, political, and economic forces that have shaped our nation and the world. Students are required to gain the knowledge and wisdom necessary to understand current domestic and international conditions and events. The integration of content - based knowledge will support critical thinking and social skills to foster democratic values and encourage civic participation. The social sciences will provide the needed skills to grow and mature in a global society. This will enable students to recognize that human activities and opinions are widely diverse and that the study of society requires an appreciation of such diversity.
     
    All courses and levels are steeped in inquiry and interdisciplinary project based instruction, and require students to draw conclusions and to communicate ideas and analyses in a variety of ways that include verbal and written modes. Students will also have the opportunity to think analytical ly, critically and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and make decisions. All students will embark upon projects that involve the introduction and development of historically based research and writing as a core requirement and some that culminate in a formal history or social science research paper.
     
    Pre-Diploma International Studies (Grade 9)
    The 9th grade Social Studies course focuses on the changing relationships between human beings and their environments, past, present, and future, and to appreciate diverse beliefs and values in order to foster international mindedness. The course is designed to develop a student’s understanding of the role of religion, history, human geography, economics, and government in the interactions of people throughout the world. Areas of study will include the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Russia, India, China and Southeast Asia. Further, areas of analysis include the interactions of these areas with their many unique cultures, inclusive of their geographies and histories. It will provide the foundations for the 10th grade Pre Diploma Civics and Government as well as the International Baccalaureate Route 2 History courses. This course requires students to engage in the exploration and research of primary and secondary historical sources and the works of individuals throughout history. 
     
    Pre-Diploma Civi cs and Government (Grade 10)
    History is the process of recording, reconstructing and interpreting the past through the investigation of a variety of sources that promote empathy for, and understanding of, people living in other societ ies and time periods. The 10 th grade Social Studies curriculum is designed to develop a student’s understanding of government, civics and the role of the individual in society. It will extend a student’s knowledge from the 9th grade International Studies course while providing a framework for future inquiry into events of the 20th century. The course includes foundations of western democracy and society, the evolution of the American style of government, as well as further exa mination of the progression of historical and contemporary examples of major world governments and societies. This course requires students to engage in the exploration and research of primary and secondary historical sources and the works of individuals throughout history.
     
    IB HISTORY ROUTE 2 (Grades 11 & 12)
    History is more than the study of the past. It is the process of recording, reconstructing and interpreting the past through the investigation of a variety of sources. It is a discipline that gives people an understanding of themselves and others in relation to the world, both past and present. Students of history should learn how the discipline works. It is an exploratory subject that poses questions without providing definitive answers. In order to understa nd the past, students must engage with it both through exposure to primary historical sources and through the work of historians. Historical study involves both selection and interpretation of data and critical evaluation of it. Students of history should appreciate the relative nature of historical knowledge and understanding, as each generation reflects its own world and preoccupations and as more evidence emerges. A study of history both requires and develops an individual’s understanding of, and empathy for, people living in other periods and contexts.
     
    IB History Route 2 at the Standard and Higher Levels will encompasses the main developments in 20th century world history, specifically the Causes, Effects and Practices of War. The course will also include an intense focus in the Americas from the periods of pre - World War I through the Cold War and into Post Cold War Era. The Higher Level course also comprises an additional intense study of the Americas through the late 21 st Century into the millennium.