History is a core subject taken every year. Students are challenged to learn about the details and critical issues in human history. Reading, writing, and active class discussions develop the critical thinking skills needed to succeed at the college level.
Lower School students in Grades 7 and 8 begin their history studies with a unique focus on government. American Society I and American Society II are offered in alternating years. Current issues and the role of government in society are studied in a practical manner. The proximity of the Anacapa campus to local government agencies makes it convenient to take field trips to learn firsthand how government works. A primary goal of the American Society class is to give students at a young age the knowledge and experience to be active, not passive, participants in American society.
Upper School students in Grades 9-12 take a series of four courses offered in alternating years: United States History I and II and World History I and II. These year-long courses taken by all Upper School students allow for an in-depth approach to studying history. A special emphasis is put on developing writing skills. “Bluebook” essay exams are given on a regular basis to give students plenty of experience with college-level writing expectations.