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Middle School Academic Departments


The history curriculum builds upon content from the Lower School program and prepares students for the curriculum in the Upper School. An understanding of the uniqueness of this age group is reflected in a program centered on the interests and abilities of Middle School students. Gaining knowledge of and appreciation for many different cultures is an important aspect of the program. Students not only learn facts and dates but are also asked to consider causes, effects, and implications of events in history. Through this process they come to realize that change is constant, that “truth” is often incomplete and subjective, and that the past is a vital, integral part of the future.
  • History 6

    The sixth grade curriculum teaches students about the world around them. Students begin the year by focusing on geography. Not only do students learn basic skills about maps and interpreting data, they will focus on deeper geographic questions like how where you live affects how you live. From there, students will explore various countries during the Middle Ages. Students will examine the political and social structures in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. This study culminates in the production of a Middle Ages Fair. The year concludes with a look at the world as it is today. Students will re-visit the countries they learned about in the Middle Ages and look at how their societies have evolved. Throughout, students are using the content they are learning to work on skills like research, writing, collaboration, and note-taking.
  • History 7

    The seventh grade curriculum examines American History from the birth of the country during the Revolutionary War until the Progressive Era in the 1920s. This includes a look at our early presidents, the causes of the Civil War, the war itself, its aftermath, and the expansion of the country. Students use this content to work on a number of skills, including writing, research, group work, and creativity. Students also complete a coding project that is aligned with their math class. Every student will write a research paper based on a thesis statement of their choosing. In addition, the seventh graders produce the History Trials every spring.
  • History 8

    The eighth grade curriculum focuses on 20th century American History. Students begin by learning about World War I, the progress through the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War to the present. Throughout, students are examining essential questions that deal with how America became a super power and what impact that has had on this country and on the world. In addition, students will look at how various people gained rights. There is also a strong focus on developing skills like research, writing, and note-taking. All students produce a research paper. Finally, students host a documentary film festival.

Department Faculty

  • Photo of Candace Gregg
    Candace Gregg
    Middle School History Teacher
    Florida Atlantic University - BA
    University of Phoenix - Masters of Arts in Education
  • Photo of Katherine Bryant
    Katherine Bryant
    History and Math Teacher, Grade 6
  • Photo of Andrew Carr
    Andrew Carr
    Middle School History Teacher Grades 6-8
    Teachers College, Columbia University - MA
    Colby College - BA
  • Photo of Ricky Drummond
    Ricky Drummond
    Middle School Long Term Substitute
    James Madison University - Bachelor of Arts
  • Photo of Jonathan Japha
    Jonathan Japha
    Middle School Dean of Students and History Teacher
    (703) 212-2295
    Tufts University - B.S. Political Science
    George Washington University - M.A. United States History
  • Photo of Katherine Miller
    Katherine Miller
    Middle School History Teacher
    (703) 212-2868
    Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA - B.A.
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA - M. Ed.
  • Photo of Brandon Royal
    Brandon Royal
    Language and History Teacher, Middle School; Library Assistant
    École hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) - Specialized MBA (MHA)
    University of California, Berkeley - Toward Bachelor of Arts
    University of British Columbia - Bachelor of Arts
  • Photo of Ella Taranto
    Ella Taranto
    History Teacher Grades 6-8
    Pomona College - BA
    Columbia University - MA
    The London School of Economics - MSc
Age 3-Grade 12 coed Episcopal day school in Alexandria, Virginia


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  • Lower School

    Age 3-Grade 5
    400 Fontaine Street
    Alexandria, Virginia 22302
  • Middle School

    Grades: 6-8
    4401 West Braddock Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304
  • Upper School

    Grades: 9-12
    1000 St. Stephen's Road
    Alexandria, Virginia 22304