History Department

 

Our goal is to graduate students who are knowledgeable about history and who have the well-developed research and writing skills necessary for college success.

Our History curriculum spans a wealth of periods and topics such as Geography, World History, and U.S. History.

Our teachers layer content so students can acquire historical information from multiple perspectives. Sage Ridge Seniors participate in a yearlong seminar-style discussion group where they are exposed to scholarly articles and award-winning monographs that help them make connections with the wider world of government and international affairs as well as develop an understanding of contemporary issues. The course also incorporates a rigorous writing component where students hone their skills in preparation for college courses. Our Senior Seminar is designed to be a bridge course between high school and college. Offering this type of a unique developmental course is what sets us apart as a college preparatory school. What we do is unique as our teachers use a wide array of teaching modes to bring the excitement of the past into the classroom. Students engage in class discussions, interactive lectures, hands-on activities, role-playing, and one-on-one feedback sessions with teachers. They learn by closely reading texts, doing guided research, preparing presentations, and writing on a regular basis.

With the goal of interdisciplinary interactions, the History Department works closely with the English Department to create a rich Humanities program with a vertically aligned Grades 3-12 research and writing sequence. Our goal is to graduate students who are knowledgeable about history and who have the well-developed research and writing skills necessary for college success. Sage Ridge takes pride in providing well rounded educational programs to distinguish itself as a top college preparatory school in Reno, Nevada.

Our teachers layer content so students can acquire historical information from multiple perspectives.

The Sage Ridge School History Department provides students with opportunities to examine past and contemporary events, civilizations, and personalities from around the world and then to consider how these events, key ideas, and people have shaped the world today. The History Department course of studies addresses topics with a sensitivity to the past in order to help students better understand the present while preparing to cope with the challenges of the future. Beginning in Grade 5, students work with primary sources and learn to think historically as they examine the words, images, and materials of the past. Students in all Middle School and Upper School Grades, 3-12, learn that understanding and writing about history is a work of exploration, and they are encouraged to ask questions and examine sources to find answers.

Department Head

Eric Eads

Eric Eads

History Department Head, History Faculty

Curriculum Pathways

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Courses Offered:

  • Lower School
    • Grade 3 History
    • Grade 4 Nevada History
    • Grade 5 US Colonial History
  • Middle School
    • Grade 6 World Geography 
    • Grade 7 Ancient World History
    • Grade 8 Early US History
  • Highschool
    • Grade 9 Ancient World History
    • Grade 10 Modern World History CP/AP
    • Grade 11 US History CP/AP
    • Grade 12 Honors Senior Seminar
    • US Politics and Government (Elective)
    • AP US Politics and Government (Elective)
    • AP MIcro and Macro Economics (Elective)