Students begin the study of our nation with an overview of political and physical geography and go on to learn about America's colonial years, revolutionary period, and the framing and structure of the Constitution.  Second semester covers the republic's early years, regionalism leading up to the war between the states, Manifest Destiny with its impact on the westward movement, and the causes and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction.  We will finish the year with an exploration American expansionism and the events leading to the First World War.

The Cluster and Seminar history classes study essentially the same curriculum, but with greater emphasis on individual learning through projects, writing for depth and complexity, and high level discussion.  Placement in GATE cluster and seminar history classes is described under GATE PROGRAM in the selection handbook.