The Thomas Jefferson Humanities Department includes teachers of English and Social Studies. Many of our courses are integrated, with both disciplines represented. This interdisciplinary approach offers many opportunities to delve deeper into all subjects.
The English 9 curriculum is integrated with biology and technology. It emphasizes basic communication skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening to process content material and to enhance critical thinking across all academic disciplines. In grades 10 and 11, students study World Civilization and American Civilization in an integrated social studies and English humanities program. In grade 12, students may elect advanced placement courses as well as a variety of courses for English credit.
Humanities: Social Studies
The four-credit social studies required curriculum enables students to develop the knowledge to understand the changing relationship between human beings and their environment, past, present, and future, and to appreciate diverse beliefs and values. Students in grades 10 and 11 take the English and social studies humanities program, and in grade 12, regular and advanced placement courses are available. Students also take World History and Geography II in the 11th or 12th grade. A full range of electives is offered in grades 10, 11, and 12.