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 seventh grade, students explore the fundamental principles, events, and historical figures of American history. Students delve into The Early Americas and European Explorations (pre-history-1700) through the Civil War. Topics covered include the colonization of North America, the Revolutionary Era, the U.S. Constitution, the Early Republic, westward expansion, and the Civil War.