What We Teach

The Humanities Department at The Girls’ Middle School integrates language arts with social sciences, an approach that encourages students to develop an awareness of themselves, their community, and the world. Beginning in sixth grade, students investigate what it means to be a member of a community, broadening their perspective and helping them to understand commonalities in the human experience. In seventh grade, students make connections between key literary works and major concepts in United States history, placing special emphasis on the relationships between race, identity, and class. In eighth grade, students look through the lens of justice to study history, literature, and culture around the world. Through the process of reading, writing, listening, and speaking, students become independent and critical thinkers.

Why We Teach It

The GMS Humanities Department prepares our young women to become powerful communicators, deep thinkers, and positive contributors to a just society. The curriculum encourages students to think critically and make connections to a wide range of texts and disciplines. We nurture and support creativity, growth, and expression, and students develop the ability to communicate their ideas thoughtfully and fluently throughout the process.