Academic Excellence

75 years of rigorous, classical education

Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum is designed to locate the student in the cultural community of “world and nation.”

Department Overview

A foundation is built through an emphasis on history in both the Middle School and Upper School. As the student progresses through the forms, we build on this with cross-disciplinary connections to theology, language, science, literature, art, music, and philosophy.

Students in Forms V and VI are offered a wide range of courses and are required to take two semesters (a third suggested) of several single semester electives. Students graduate with a fundamental understanding of the historical forces that have helped shape the 21st century.

Throughout the curriculum, we stress the development of skills in analytical thinking, note taking/outlining, basic research and more importantly, writing.

Curriculum Sequence

Form A Geography
Form I Introduction to Classical Civilizations
Form II U.S. History
Form III AP World History 
Form IV AP US History 
Forms V & VI Electives including: AP U.S. Government & Politics; AP Comparative Politics; AP Macroeconomics; AP Microeconomics; Native American Studies; International Relations; Physical Anthropology; U.S. Constitutional Law & Politics;
History of the Modern Middle East; DC History; Latin American Studies

Social Studies Faculty
Mr. Henry Achilles, Department Chair
U.S. History; AP U.S. History;
M.A., Liberal Studies, Georgetown University
B.A., History, George Washington University
Mr. Paul Commins
AP Macroeconomics
M.S., Statistics, University of Minnesota
B.A., Mathematics, Grinnell College
Fr. Michael Hall, OSB, Ph.D., '56
AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP European History
Ph.D., History, McGill University
Diploma in Historical Studies, University of Cambridge
M.A., History and Politics, Catholic University of America
B.A., Philosophy and History, Catholic University of America
Mr. Jeffrey Harwood
M.A., Literature, American University
M.Ed., Elementary & Secondary Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
B.A., Psychology, University of Rochester
Dr. Mike Manglitz, '00
AP World History I
Ph.D., English Language and Literature, The Catholic University of America
M.Ed., Reading Instruction, Goucher College
M.A., English Literature, The Catholic University of America
B.A., English Literature & Secondary Education, Goucher College
Mr. Thomas Mehigan
Introduction to Classical Civilizations; Introduction to Liberal Arts
Certificate, School Administration, Middle School Principal, George Mason University
M.S., Special Education, Hunter College, City University of New York
B.F.A., Drama, Illinois Wesleyan University
Mr. Jonathan Vaile
AP Psychology
M.A., Literature, George Mason University
B.A., English and Psychology, Randolf-Macon College