The humanities curriculum incorporates deep and thorough study of literature, writing, history, aesthetics, and social studies. The history curriculum explores United States and world history through a global lens. Students examine a variety of media including primary documents, in-depth narratives, monographs, newspapers and periodicals, textbooks and other reference texts, and documentary film to build multiple perspectives on historical events. History main lessons offer in­-depth study of a range of topics from ancient times to the present. This sequence helps students recognize the patterns and turning points in the development of civilization. In addition to main lessons, students receive instruction in history though quarter and semester-long track classes.

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The aesthetics courses further sharpen the students’ view of world events through the study of art, music, architecture as each has evolved though history. Senior students take a broad view in a course entitled History of Consciousness, in which they study the evolution of thought and philosophy. Masterworks of prose and poetry are studied in literature main lessons and track classes each year.

 Ninth GradeTenth GradeEleventh GradeTwelfth Grade
EnglishWriting Skills
Comedy & Tragedy
American Literature
Historical Fiction
The Novel/Memoir
American Literature
Evolution of English
Bible as Literature
Renaissance Literature
Literature of “The Double”
Contemporary Literature
Personal Essay
World Literature
Transcendentalist Writers
AestheticsHistory through ArtPoeticsHistory through MusicHistory through Architecture
Asian History
Native American History
US History
Ancient Civilizations
Roman & Medieval History
US History
History of Consciousness

Through literature, students examine the questions and themes of human experience. This develops critical thinking and cultivates a flexible point of view. Students in every grade also receive English instruction in quarter-length track classes throughout the year, building skills in grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading, critical analysis, and research. Upon graduation, students have forged a solid and broad foundation in literature, having read and experienced all of the following works:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark TwainA Tale of Two Cities, by Charles DickensOedipus The King, by Sophocles
Much Ado About Nothing, by William ShakespeareA Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine HansberryI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
The Grapes of Wrath, by John SteinbeckLetters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria RilkeBeowulf, Unknown Author
The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey ChaucerSir Gawain and the Green Knight, by The Pearl PoetThe Bible as Literature
The Inferno, by Dante AlighieriHamlet, by William ShakespeareParzival, by Wolfram von Eschenbach
The Romantic Poets, ed. W.H. AudenDemian, by Hermann HesseThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Brave New World, by Aldous HuxleyNature, by Ralph Waldo EmersonWalden, by Henry David Thoreau
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale HurstonSlaughterhouse Five, by Kurt VonnegutThings Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
Krik, Krak, by Edwidge DanticatA variety of award-winning plays and short stories