Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “We are not the makers of history. We are made by history.”

At Gould, students become critical thinkers who use history as a tool to better understand their own cultural identity and the interconnectedness of civilizations around the world and across centuries. In the upper grades, Gould’s history curriculum challenges students to broaden their historical and cultural appreciation through electives and AP courses. Throughout the curriculum, students learn research methods that empower them to think critically and make solid arguments.

Departmental Requirements:

Three years, to include U.S. History (generally taken during a student’s eleventh-grade year).

Embedded Honors:
All courses that are not AP History have the Embedded Honors option.  Students who are interested in further challenging themselves can earn honors credit by completing a significantly more demanding version of an assignment each term.

History Courses Offered:

Yearlong Courses Offered:
Human Geography
Human Geography Honors
The West and the World
The West and the World Honors
United States History
AP United States History
AP U.S. Government and Politics
Middle School History

Trimester Elective Courses Offered:
Critical Readings on Genocide
A Study of Middle Earth
Epistemic Philosophy
Applied Ethics
Tech and Society 
War and The Soul
Intro to Abrahamic Religions

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    "Brad" Clarke 

    Assistant Head of School for Teaching & Learning, Dept Chair, History Teacher, Mountain Bike Coach
Gould is a small, co-ed, independent boarding school for grades 8-PG.  We are passionate about preparing academically motivated students for college, helping them to become independent-minded, ethical citizens who will lead lives of purpose, action, excellence, and compassion in a dynamic world.