From the Roman ruins, to medieval cathedrals’ soaring spires, to how the tranquil village of Lexington catapulted onto the world stage on that fateful April morning in 1775, Austin Prep’s Middle School History program inspires students with stories of the past. History is explored in a hands-on, immersive way. The program builds on young students’ desire to make a difference and empowers them to do so by expanding their perspective and equipping them with skills to interpret and present information.
Social Studies Courses
Students assume the roles of cartographers, museum docents, and archeologists as they examine stories of past civilizations through the lens of careers in history. Students gather information from diverse sources and learn to read with an eye towards understanding. The annual Egyptian Museum emphasizes the value of cross-curricular learning by synthesizing information from Theology and English classes through the creation of a series of exhibits.
The three skills of comparison, communication, and critical thought frame students’ inquiry into cultures from around the world. Students investigate ancient and medieval China and contrast that civilization with medieval Europe. The second semester increases in complexity as students compare the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan cultures as well as the French, English, and Spanish colonies.
Recognizing their role as citizens, students examine the heritage of their local community and the role of Massachusetts in the American Revolution. A semester of Civics education explores the Constitution in theory and practice through exercises like mock government and a mock trial. Students develop an understanding of why an informed and engaged citizenry is critical to the operation of democratic society. The year concludes with a survey of major world religions.