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Tier Two (Don't Delete)

Course Details

  • Cost: $1200
  • Course fulfills Stevenson requirement for US history
  • Summer grade entered on Stevenson transcript in each semester of following year
  • Laptop computer with wireless networking required

Course Contact

For more information or to begin enrollment, please contact Sarah Cabral by April 16, 2021.

US History Summer Session

Students who take Summer US History after passing history courses in Grades 9 and 10 complete their history requirements before entering Grade 11. All students choosing Summer US History free up time during Grade 11 to take an additional course in other disciplines (common choices are world language, science, journalism, or the arts), or possibly one fewer course than they would otherwise have taken in Grade 11. The flexibility is valuable to students with a variety of goals:

  • one might choose an introductory arts course instead of US History to achieve a lighter homework load and more time to focus on other areas of life
  • another might choose an advanced course in another department instead of US History to advance or accelerate their academic program


Monday, June 21–Friday, July 30, 2021
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Monday–Friday (no class July 5) 


The Summer US History course offers an immersion in US political, social, and cultural currents from the colonial era to the present via lecture, discussion, debate, group and individual research, movies and historical documentaries. Format will likely be in-person or hybrid. The class will only run if 10 students enroll, and the class will be capped at around 16 students. We aim to ensure an appropriate balance of in-person and remote students.


Students take weekly tests and a final exam; they maintain an online daily reading journal. We guide students through a step-by-step process to write a formal research paper. Class meets 9:00 to 12:00; daily readings usually require an hour. Stevenson students who take Summer US History are normally expected to take five academic classes in their junior year. 

Content Outline

In this survey course, students investigate significant events, individuals, and processes in United States history from the 15th century to the present. While organized chronologically, this course also focuses on several themes that reverberate throughout the American experience: American and national identity; labor—both free and enslaved; migration and settlement; politics and power; and geography and the environment. Students learn to focus their analysis of vital social, cultural, political, and economic moments in history by examining how these moments shape our perspective on current social, economic, and political issues. Students develop and use the same skills and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change. In addition, students examine competing historical interpretations, emphasizing the idea that history’s meaning constantly evolves.