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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

2020-21 Offerings

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

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: Supernatural Fiction

Spring 2021 Reading & Watch List

Ballad of Black Tom
by Victor LaValle
Bloodchild by Octavia Butler
Get Out by Jordan Peele
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. by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
Yellow Wallpaper & Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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

8th Grade Arts Courses

Recent Offerings

3-D Explorations
Digital Photography
Instrumental Music
Play Production
Urban Alchemy

Elective: Singing in the Spotlight

Vocal Showcase Selections

Rise Up - Andra Day
Say My Name - 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

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.