English: Development of language, writing, and communication (including basic composition, speaking, and research skills); mythology, the beginnings of drama, and the creative process.


Social Studies: Within a framework of World History, an introduction to archaeology, sociology, geography, anthropology, psychology, economics and political science. 


These courses are taken in conjunction and must be taken together for the entire year. Students may not leave the program mid-year, except in cases of academic misplacement.


Special attention is provided to our incoming “Globies” to help orient them to their new school and to the Global Education program. With our interdisciplinary approach, students explore such places as Australia, Africa, China, Japan, Egypt, Greece, Italy, and the United 

Kingdom. Topics include native peoples, ancient cultures, colonization, independence, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance, and more. While learning about world regions and culture in the social studies component of this sequence, students master geography skills, and learn 

how historians, archeologists, and researchers uncover history. Students examine economics, politics, and history in the making through daily current event discussions. 


Students in this first sequence study literature from around the world including coming of age novels, ancient mythology, Japanese poetry, and Shakespearean drama. Freshmen also demonstrate their writing skills by composing traditional essays, creative narratives, personal poetry, and reflective responses. Students learn to see writing as a process and polish 

their work for standard grammar, usage, and mechanics. Both courses include in-depth, analytical reading that aims to broaden their vocabulary and improve their reading comprehension. This includes research-based experiential learning projects. Class discussion, group activities, and both formal and informal presentations are other important aspects of this sequence.