Through the history, geography, and social studies classes at Boston Trinity Academy students encounter the events, triumphs, failures, politics, and economics of the past as they are introduced to man as moral agent. By examining western civilization and non-western cultures, students discover lessons about life's constraints and man's freedom as they engage with questions of the greatness and tragedy of human existence. At BTA, the study of history challenges students to realize that their contriubtion matters and are encouraged to pursue a great vision for their own lives.
At all levels, students are taught:
- To craft well-supported arguments
- To use primary sources
- To read and think critically
- To analyze historical cause-effect relationships
- To understand and analyze history, institutions, and cultures to gain the knowledge necessary to take active and responsible roles within broader society
Courses: Ancient History (Grade 6) | Introduction to United States Government & History (Grade 8) | Western Civilizations (Grade 9) | The World Beyond the West (Grade 10) | AP United States History (Grade 11) | AP European History (Grade 12) |
In Ancient History, students are introduced to the three interrelated ancient cultures of ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece. Students analyze religious, political, and social values and are challenged to develop an understanding of how modern society has been affected by their contributions. Students will supplement their course work with outside readings based on the time periods they are researching. Ancient History is a required course for all grade six students.
- Students build a Trojan horse
Middle School U.S. History teaches the foundations of the U.S. government, including the U.S. Constitution, branches of government, local government, and the U.S. legal system. The course includes the study of documents, such as the Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact, which were precursors to the U.S. Constitution. Students study episodes in U.S. history from the Civil War to the present. Middle School U.S. History is required of all grade eight students.
- Students analyze historical documents
- Students orally defend and present historical information.
Western Civilization is the study of the history of individuals and societies of the European past as a means of providing students with an understanding of how Christianity impacted the West as well as an awareness of humanity’s recurring problems. Students will also gain an appreciation of the prominent individuals of our Western heritage while they develop more perspective on their own time in history. In this course, there is a special emphasis on celebrated historical figures and the complex dilemmas they faced. Students will also study the great architecture, sculpture, and painting produced by influential Western cultures.
"The World Beyond the West" is a course designed to introduce students in 10th Grade to the history, geography, and culture of the societies beyond Europe and North America. Beginning with the world as it was in the 13th century and continuing up to the present day, our studies encompass everyone from Afghans to Zulus. We endeavor to understand how these various peoples came together in communities, how they related to others, what they valued, how they lived their lives, and how they influenced the course of world history. In addition, we take a sojourn into the realm of money, finance, and trade, with a focused unit introducing basic economic principles.
Advanced Placement United States History covers the entirety of American history but focuses on the period from 1763 to 1975. There are three aims to the course. The first objective is to insure that each student becomes familiar with our nation‘s past. Emphasis is placed on the great figures and events of American history, but also stressed are the institutions, traditions, and values that Americans have developed over time. Second, the course focuses on how to study history, how to deal with historical materials, and how to analyze and synthesize these materials. A third goal is to prepare each student for the Advanced Placement Examination in May. AP United States History is required of all grade eleven students.
AP European History examines the history of Europe from 1450 to the present and introduces students to the cultural, economic, political, and social developments of the time period. Students develop an understanding of principal themes in European history, an ability to analyze historical evidence and historical interpretation, and an ability to express historical understanding through writing. Students are prepared to take the College Board AP examination in May and for future college study.