Through an interdisciplinary lens, Kent Place historians make sense of the past and grapple with contemporary issues, while developing their leadership skills. Our students investigate communities that have become increasingly interdependent and come to envision and continuously reassess their roles as citizens of the world. This critical look at the human journey and its major patterns revolves around the way groups of people lived —
in essence, their culture —
and then evolves into a search for deeper connections to modern-day topics and affairs that both excite and intrigue. This investigation is embedded in and around the following interwoven content strands: Geography, History, Civics and Government, and Economics, Human societies are examined through multiple perspectives including but not limited to, those of identity, diversity, social justice, and individual and collective action. This not only creates excitement about the study of history and its related subjects but also assists in expanding our students’ analytical-thinking skills.
Our historians do history by driving the learning process in innovative and diverse ways. Within our social studies curriculum in the Primary School, students recreate local and global history through an archaeological dig, a celebratory Heritage Festival, and a deep dive into Human Rights through aspects of the American story. In the Middle and Upper Schools, the girls individualize their critical- and historical-thinking skills as they study World, Contemporary and American History. Through research and writing, collaboration, and presentation, our historians debate the greatness of Egyptian pharaohs and Hammurabi’s Code, prototype and model their own Culture Islands, design “Shark Tank”-style products and pitches, and construct interdisciplinary Cumulative Humanities Projects in the junior year; these deep plunges into learning allow our girls to do history by experiencing the intersection of individuals, groups, ideas, and events in a manner that further cultivates their own sense of global citizenship and leadership.