The goal of our humanities curriculum is for all of our students to have an awareness of the world and their place in it, and for them to become lifelong learners who are passionate readers, sophisticated writers, and eloquent communicators. Through the study of geography, history, and other cultures, our students gain an understanding of themselves and their own culture as well as an appreciation for the richness and diversity of humanity.
An emphasis on higher-level skills, such as interpretation, analysis, and synthesis, is evident throughout the school in all subject areas. Teachers model reading strategies using informational texts, historical documents, poetry, and fiction, through Guided Reading and read-alouds. Students build fluency and meaning as they hone their skills. Encouraging inquiry and critical thinking, our faculty guides students as they begin to recognize that history is viewed through multiple perspectives and that different people have varying beliefs and world-views.
Our students write across the curriculum using various techniques and types of writing, such as personal narratives, compare and contrast pieces, creative stories, poetry, persuasive writing, and multi-paragraph essays. Throughout the grades, students learn about the writing process: pre-writing, drafting, editing, and revising. Students are afforded many opportunities to share their work with their classmates and the larger community.