History

Study the past to understand the present.

History is a process of discussion, interpretation and continuing revelation in both evidence and understanding. We expose students to Western and non-Western historical traditions while also grounding students in the history of the United States. Each course works to embody Westtown's values and mission through fostering in students a deepening sense of civic understanding, involvement, and activism.

Distinctive Features

  • Independent research component in all upper level (11th and 12th grade) elective courses.
  • Freshman course examines issues of identity, intolerance and civic activism
  • Many courses make use of local historical sites and museums
  • Making Change project gives students a combined research experience and advocacy opportunity on an issue of the student's choosing
  • US History Archives Project utilizes the extensive school archive, as students conduct primary-document based research and write an original paper based on that research
  • Year-long seminar on Latin American History emphasizes understanding current events in light of the past
  • The Holocaust and other examples genocide are studied in a year-long seminar
  • Hiroshima to 9/11 helps students to understand contemporary global issues, like the war on terror and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, in relation to major foreign policy developments since the start of the Cold War
  • US History incorporates engaged citizenship with two capstone projects: student made films on an amendment -- its historical context, debates, and recent applications; and, a five-week project following media coverage of a topic in multiple media sources that gets merged into a group presentation on how to live in a free society

Curriculum Guide

Calendar List
    • ThuNov23 Thanksgiving
    • SunNov26 Meeting for Worship 10:30 AM to 11:30 AMMeeting House
    • MonNov27 All-School In-Service Day - No LS/MS/US Classes
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