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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

2022-23 Options

Climate Change
Democracy and Freedom
Equality and Human Rights
Technology and Innovation

Student-Run Clubs

Weekly student-run clubs in 2021-22 included:

Arts & Crafts Clubs
Book Club
Cinematography Appreciation
Fashion Club
French Movies & TV Shows
Fundraising Club
Make-A-Wish Club
Oxford Comma Club
Students of Color Spanish Book Club

8th Grade Arts Courses

Recent Offerings

3-D Explorations
Ceramics
Chorus
Comedy
Digital Photography
Filmmaking
Instrumental Music
Play Production
Photography
Stagecraft
Urban Alchemy

HS Computer Science

Recent Electives

3D Game Development
Artificial Intelligence
Augmented Reality
Build Your Own Computer
Ethical Hacking
Independent Project

6th Grade Core

Blues musicians included in the 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

Seventeen laboratory experiments include:

• 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

American Supernatural Literature

Spring 2022 Core Texts

Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
Bloodchild by Octavia Butler
Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
October Country by Ray Bradbury
The Complete Lovecraft by H. P. Lovecraft
The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan
The Weird ed. Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Elective: Singing in the Spotlight

At the spring 2022 vocal concert, solos included:

"Dyin' Ain’t So Bad" from Bonnie & Clyde
"Dear Maria" by All Time Low
"Stupid With Love"" from Mean Girls
"Dos Oruguitas" from Encanto
"Hor Ich Das Liedchen" by Shumann
"Mi Buen Amor"
"Fine" from Ordinary Days
"Last Midnight" from Into the Woods
"I Love You" by Billie Eilish

9th Grade History

History 9: The Ancient World explores:

• First Civilizations
• Second-wave Civilizations: Eurasia and North Africa; Africa, the Americas and Pacific Oceania
• Third-wave Civilizations: Commerce and Culture; China and the World; The Worlds of Islam and The Worlds of Christendom
• Civilization Project
Co-ed, progressive, college prep school in Washington, DC featuring a challenging curriculum in an inclusive environment for grades 6-12.