Humanities

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 After writing an essay on identity for English, students were asked to present their discoveries visually. Sophomore Daphne illustrated the subtle and complex identities that run beneath the surface we see.

After writing an essay on identity for English, students were asked to present their discoveries visually. Sophomore Daphne illustrated the subtle and complex identities that run beneath the surface we see.

Our English, World Language, and Social Science courses, along with many of our intersession electives, provide students an opportunity to study the human experience. This means understanding the many ways people have documented and interpreted the human condition across time periods, cultures, and languages. 

These departments build curricula that address the standards presented in the Common Core.  Humanities teachers will develop and curate the best resources to address development in reading, analyzing complex texts, thinking critically, writing across a variety of genres, speaking effectively, and listening.


English

 9th grade English assignment: an essay on 'The School to Prison Pipeline', transformed into a marble run of cause and effect with the help of the Design Realization Garage. By Marcus F., Class of 2019

9th grade English assignment: an essay on 'The School to Prison Pipeline', transformed into a marble run of cause and effect with the help of the Design Realization Garage. By Marcus F., Class of 2019

Few skills empower an individual as much as a strong command of language. Our English curriculum gives students a deep understanding of the English language and how it can be used effectively. This means students learn to:

  • read and critically analyze complex text independently

  • write in a way that effectively communicates their thinking to a broad range of audiences, and to meet a broad range of purposes

  • speak confidently and clearly in both formal and informal settings

An honors pathway in English is an option for students in 10th-12th grades.


Social Science

 Analyzing the cost of starting a career produced many results from 9th graders, from this example - $33,000 in the black - to careers starting out with significant debt. It's a first step in personalizing the realities of the economy and how to navigate it successfully.

Analyzing the cost of starting a career produced many results from 9th graders, from this example - $33,000 in the black - to careers starting out with significant debt. It's a first step in personalizing the realities of the economy and how to navigate it successfully.

The social science program at d.tech prepares students to take their place in our world as informed and engaged citizens. Our social science curriculum covers world history, U.S. history, economics, and government. Social science courses are aligned with the C3 Framework which focuses on readiness for college, career, and civic duty.


World Language

Design Tech has an in-house Spanish program offering Spanish courses through level 3. In addition we partner with Skyline Community College to provide college level language courses. This allows students to earn both high school and college course credit concurrently. Students can also arrange independent study in other languages, pending approval from our counseling department.