Students study U.S. history over the course of two years to understand concepts in depth and to fully comprehend the context of our nation’s history. An inquiry-based approach helps students develop a strong grasp of how and why our nation has evolved. They explore the causes and impacts of historical events and the connection to current events. Using literacy support, geography skills, inquiry projects, and primary sources, students develop as readers and thinkers and learn to unravel different perspectives, develop their own analysis of events, and gain a foundation for thoughtful citizenship.
In eighth grade, students explore the Reconstruction Era (1865-1877) through President Barack Obama's second term. Topics include Reconstruction, industrial and economic growth, Imperialism and World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, Postwar America, and extend to the modern era with students learning about the events that led up to 9/11 and its impact.