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Faculty have the autonomy to design their own curriculum and to reimagine their classes each year – and our students are encouraged to explore their own interests and passions, whether that's by launching a new club or undertaking an independent study. Here is just a sample of the rich and varied experience on our campus (and beyond).

HS Senior Seminars

2019-20 Offerings

American Conservatism
Ancient Mediterranean History
Disability Studies
Modern Capitalism
Modern Chinese History
Modern Russian History

Student-Run Clubs

Student-run "Friday Clubs" explore a wide range of interests, including:

Comic Book Creators
Computer Science Club
Jam Band
Knowledge Competitions
Music Production
Scrabble Club
Stock Market Club
Tea Club
Young Innovators

Elective: Contemporary Literature

Spring Trimester 2020 Reading List

Contemporary American Poets

God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America 
by Barbara Ehrenreich
The Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
There There by Tommy Orange

HS Computer Science

Recent Course Offerings

Elective: 3D Game Development
Elective: Internet of Things
Elective: Web App Development
Elective: Web Development
Independent Project
Introduction to Computer Science

Elective: Singing in the Spotlight

Fall 2019 Vocal Showcase

Rise Up - Andra Day
Say My Name - Beetlejuice the Musical
Dead Mom - Beetlejuice the Musical
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Poor Unfortunate Souls - Little Mermaid
Somewhere That’s Green - Little Shop of Horrors
Colors of the Wind - Pocahontas
Come to My Garden - The Secret Garden
Shelter - The xx
Gimme Gimme  - Thoroughly Modern Millie

8th Grade Arts Courses

2019-20 Offerings

Digital Photography
Instrumental Music
Play Production
Urban Alchemy

6th Grade Core

Students listen to blues musicians during their study of the Great Migration:

Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958)
Howlin' Wolf (1910-1976)
Lightnin’ Hopkins (1912-1982)
Muddy Waters (1913-1983)
Robert Johnson (1911-1938)
Son House (1902-1988)

Advanced Placement Chemistry

Students engage in seventeen laboratory experiments, including:

• Determination of Equivalent Mass of a Metal by Electrolysis
• Determination of the Standard Enthalpy and Entropy Changes in a Chemical Reaction
• Preparation and Interpretation of Titration Curves
• Preparation and Properties of Buffer Solutions
•  Spectrophotometric Determination of the Rate Law for the Reaction of Phenolphthalein with Sodium Hydroxide

9th Grade History

Students select three of the following trimester-length courses:

African Studies
Classical Studies
Chinese Studies
Medieval Studies
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.