Critical Examination of the Past
In conjunction with current standards prescribed by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Brunswick’s history/social sciences department has developed a curriculum rooted in the belief that, since history and humankind are shaped by the past, critical examination of the past is paramount in preparing students for life.
Our Middle School students develop a core of basic knowledge and learn how to analyze their own and others’ opinions on important issues. Critical reading, writing, and verbal skills are rigorously promoted.
In keeping with the departmental philosophy of “making the world larger as the student grows older,” the Middle School history/social sciences program strives to provide students with further opportunities to observe and learn about the world around them.
Curriculum choices are rooted in this philosophy, which prepares students for the challenges of Upper School history and social science courses. Accordingly, the Middle School program culminates with our eighth grade Capstone Project, a multi-faceted, trimester-long interdisciplinary team-based endeavor that combines research, writing, collaboration, interviews, and a final presentation before both peers and a faculty review panel.