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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

2021-22 Options

Climate Change
Democracy and Freedom
Equality and Human Rights
Public Health

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: Singing in the Spotlight

Vocal Showcase Selections

Rise Up - Andra Day
Say My Name
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
Poor Unfortunate Souls
Somewhere That’s Green
Colors of the Wind
Come to My Garden
Shelter - The xx
Gimme Gimme

HS Computer Science

2020-22 Course Offerings

Elective: 3D Game Development
Elective: Artificial Intelligence
Elective: Ethical Hacking
Elective: Web App Development
Independent Project
Introduction to Computer Science

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

English 10: Modern World Literature

2021-22 Core Texts

Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquival  
Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro 
Diary of a Young Naturalist, Dara McAnulty 
The Emissary, Yoko Tawada 
The Slynx, Tatyana Tolstoya 
Death and the King’s Horseman, Wole Soyinka
Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
Taduno's Song, Odafe Atogun

8th Grade Arts Courses

Recent Offerings

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

9th Grade History

Students in History 9: The Ancient World explore:

• 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.