The history curriculum helps students attain a sense of the richness of human cultures, develop an informed appreciation of arts, religions and philosophies in their historical contexts, and examine major political and intellectual developments through a solid grounding in what has traditionally been called Western civilization. In the ninth grade, students begin a three-year concentration on Greco-Roman, European, and American civilizations, and the parallel evolution and influences of other cultures.

Students learn to interpret culture by concentrating on close reading, often of original texts, and expository writing. The scale of the writing projects is graduated, beginning with shorter assignments with emphasis on sentence and paragraph structure and advancing to full-scale research papers by grade eleven.