Humanities 9
  • Explores the relevance of ancient texts and cultures of the Mediterranean, India, and China to today
  • Focuses on the development of essential reading, writing, presentation, collaboration, critical thinking, and research skills
Humanities 10
  • Explores the making of the modern world through history, literature and art  
  • Presents subject matter within interdisciplinary context and perspective  
  • Develops writing and research skills, with primary attention on the critical essay, and additional attention to personal, timed and creative essays
Honors U.S. History 1 and 2
  • Sharpens skills required in this scholarly discipline: reading for content, critical reading, question formation, research, synthesis, strong writing, arguing a position
  • Culminates in five major projects: three papers, one video documentary, and one speech/paper combination
AP US History
  • Traces American history from its foundations to the beginning of the 21st Century  
  • Emphasizes critical reading and document analysis, clear writing and research skills, discussion and cooperative learning
U.S. History 1: Dissent and the American Identity
 Examines historical fiction, documentaries, letters, diaries, photographs and speeches that shed light on the people who have shaped our history.

U.S. History 1: Power and Politics in the Shaping of the United States
Provides an in-depth look into the evolution of political structures and parties up until 1877 in the United States

U.S. History 1: To the Constitution and Beyond
Explores the steps taken to build the US Constitution  Examines key moments in American history where the Constitution was tested and the emergence of political parties, judicial review, key elections and the consequences of expansion

U.S. History 2: Modern America: A Cultural Journey
Studies the evolution of American culture by examining important moments in time and also the painting, music, creative writing and poetry that emerged along the way.

U.S. History 2: “…Liberty and Justice for All”
Studies the interpretation and application of the ideals put forth by our nation’s founders throughout the 20th century

U.S. History 2: America: A Global Perspective
Examines how America has come to be what it is today through interactions with other nations and how it has in turn become an important force in changing other cultures.

Ego, Escalation, and Extremism: Understanding WWII’s European Theater
Studies the causes of the world’s deadliest conflict by focusing on extreme ideologies, ego-driven leaders, the escalation of conflict, and other factors.

The Ethics of War (w/Honors Option)
Examines war theory and historical examples from the ancient to the modern world to gain a deeper understanding of complex moral and ethical questions of war.

World Religions: From Shamans to Jedi, In Search of Sacred Space
Compares religious practice through ritual, myth, experiential, social, doctrinal, ethical and material elements
Develops the tools to objectively discuss and critically examine the religious experience in cultures around the world and throughout history

Youth Culture in the Modern World (w/Honors Option)
  • Explores how the meaning of adolescence has changed over time and varies across cultures
  • Examines the changing history of youth with a focus on teenagers and adolescent culture from the 19th century to the present
Fair Play: The Role of Sports in Our Daily Lives
Examines how sports impacts our lives utilizing film, contemporary articles and research, non-fiction monologues and conversations with those in the local sports industry

  • Examines the tragedies in Turkey, World War II Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Balkans and the American foreign policy position on each
  • Utilizes resources available through Facing History and Ourselves
“Good Morning Vietnam!” 
Examines what was going on in the jungles of Southeast Asia, on college campuses and in living rooms all over the country during this controversial conflict
Political Beliefs, Behavior, and the Ballot Box: Understanding our Political Brains and the Process that Shapes Them
Analyzes the many factors that impact an individual’s political identity and how those identities shape American politics.
Intensive Courses:
U.S. History 2: America: A Global Perspective
  • Examines how America has come to be what it is today through interactions with other nations and how it as in turn become an important force in changing other cultures
  • Explores in detail what happens when America ideas come into contact with political and intellectual structures that are different from these
The Identity Project: Exploring Diversity and Social Justice in the 21st Century
  • Examines how social identities in the United State, particularly race, ethnicity and class, were created historically and how they influence our individual and communal experiences in a complex world
  • Includes attendance at the National Association of Independent Schools Annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California
In Pursuit of Justice
  • Explores history of the United States by examining our rights as enumerated in the U.S. constitution and subsequent U.S. Supreme Court decisions  
  • Includes presentations, groups activities, debates, simulations and field trips to see government in action
Parks and Recreation: The Real Story… Cleveland’s Metroparks!
Explores the history and nature of Cleveland’s Metroparks and the “Emerald Necklace” both in class and through volunteer work at a park of the student’s choice

Courses Offered Through Global Online Academy
For a full description of courses, click here: http://www.globalonlineacademy.org/student-program/courses/

9/11 in a Global Context
Explores the causes of 9/11, the events of the day itself, and its aftermath locally, nationally and around the world

Advanced Topics in Economics
  • Analyzes how the presence of scarcity affects the behaviors of individuals, businesses and governments
  • Reiterates the rational expectations of the principles courses while also introducing irrational  behaviors to provide students a better look at their local economy
Applying Philosophy to Modern Global Issues
  • Connects pressing contemporary issues with broad-range philosophical ideas and controversies, drawn from multiple traditions and many centuries.
  • Examines how thinkers have applied reason successfully and unsuccessfully to many social and political issues across the globe
Comparative Politics
  • Uses the comparative model to ask students to consider whether democracy is in fact at a standstill, but more importantly, if and why we should care
  • Explores the challenges and alternative to democratic systems
Explores how energy is used and source, how and why energy sourcing and use vary dramatically across communities, regions and socio-economic classes, and how we might achieve a sustainable energy future

Entrepreneurship in a Global Context
  • Develops students’ understanding of entrepreneurship in today’s global market
  • Employs innovation, design and creative solutions for building a viable business model
  • Guides students to develop, refine and pitch a new start-up
Gender Studies
  • Uses the concept of gender to examine a range of topics and disciplines that includes feminism, gay and lesbian studies, women’s studies, popular culture and politics
  • Examines the intersection of gender with other social identifiers such as class, race, sexual orientation, culture and ethnicity
Introduction to Investments
  • Simulates work of investors by having students work with the tools, theories and decision-making practices that define smart investment
  • Explores concepts in finance and applies them to investment decisions in three primary contexts: portfolio management, venture capital and social investing
  • Studies how consumers and producers interact to form a market and then how and why the government may intervene in that market
  • Deepens student understanding of basic microeconomic theory through discussion and debate, problem solving and written reflection
Power: Redressing Inequity through Data
  • Utilizes research, data, a personal sense of social justice and the application of these to help students learn how to right wrongs in our world
  • Explores a unit on Power Frameworks followed by a series of inequality case studies that will provide insight into and practice with all six steps of the Power and Inequality Assessment approach
An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, toddler through grade 12

Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Birchwood School of Hawken, 4400 West 140th Street, Cleveland, OH 44135 

Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Mastery School of Hawken, 11025 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106

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