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Department Chair: Kelsey Flood

Curricular Philosophy

The history curriculum at Pacific Collegiate School is global in its approach and grounded in a chronological study of human activities from ancient times to the present. In the 7th through 11th grades, each course comprises a survey of major movements and events, for which a general text serves to provide a structure, combined with in-depth studies of selected problems or areas of interest and the addition of extra readings and documents. In the 7th and 11th grade U.S History courses and in the three-year World History sequence in grades 8 through 10, the History program is linked with literature studied in the English program.
Class format includes lectures, class discussion, group study activities, exploration of primary sources, and student presentation of work. At each level, students undertake individual research projects as well as numerous smaller writing assignments. Geography, art history, anthropology, cultural studies and other fields are integrated into the study of history in all periods.

History Curriculum

History 7, U.S. History
History 8, Ancient World History
History 9, Medieval World History
AP World History
AP U.S. History
History Elective Rotation