Current events courses teach students to become knowledgeable about local, national, and global events and to be educated consumers of news. Students are introduced to multiple perspectives and learn to formulate and articulate informed opinions on events taking place at all levels. Current events classes meet three times a week.
The sixth grade curriculum introduces students to the terminology and geographical and cultural contexts that are essential to understanding news stories. Students also learn about the structure of the US government and the influence of its three branches on national events.
The seventh and eighth grade curricula follow international, national, and local news stories that are relevant both to students personally and to the school community. Students gather and analyze a broad range of news sources, and they learn to make observations and predictions drawing on both fact and personal experience.