Developing Historical Empathy
In today’s dynamic global environment, a strong knowledge of history and the ability to think critically is an essential part of a 21st century education. SCH students study history in inquiry-driven classrooms that promote experiential learning and develop historical empathy. Understanding the perspective of historical figures and their diverse experiences allows students to reflect upon their own lives and to understand more fully the world and cultures they live in and will help shape.
Upper School history students explore both the past and the present to understand the world in which they live. In 9th and 10th grades, students spend two years studying world history, beginning with the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution and ending in today’s complex, rapidly changing world. Eleventh graders study American history from colonization onward. In 11th and 12th grades, students may choose from a diverse array of history and interdisciplinary elective courses. Through independently selected research projects, interactive debates and discussions, and historical simulations, students further deepen their ability to analyze and create in a wide variety of traditional and new media, write in many formats, and present and speak in public.