Students in the Humanities House examine the fullness of human experience: the way human beings live, the way they connect and relate to each other, the way they express their experiences in story-telling and art. Teachers in the Humanities House challenge their students to become independent thinkers. Becoming an independent thinker means learning effective ways to ask good questions, gather evidence, think systematically, and express original ideas. Over the course of four years, Humanities students become skilled in research, critical thinking, analysis, argumentation, and communication through oral, written, and visual media. They engage in a rigorous study of literature, history, art, geography, government and politics, media arts, rhetoric, and composition, frequently making interdisciplinary connections among the subjects. The course of study in the humanities culminates in completion of the Senior Independent Project, where each student selects a humanities topic to explore in greater depth, conducts college-level research, composes a longer research argument, and presents the fruits of their research to faculty and peers.


 court Humanities House students at the Folger Shakespeare Festival performing Hamlet   foto
  mac  group  artcomp
 mural artifact    bmi




Jennifer Marks, Head of House, Humanities
Phone - 240.740.2418

Grade 9
Katie Horan, Criticism in the Humanities
Jonathan Leong, AP Government
Diane Van Yuga, Honors English
Grade 10
Donna Gibson, Honors English
Jonathan Leong, AP Government
Daniel McKenna, AP Seminar
Clayton Traver, AP Seminar
Clayton Traver, AP Seminar
Grade 11
Stephanie Gomer, AP English Language and Composition
Shannon Heaton, AP Art History
Jennifer Brennan, AP World History
Grade 12
Jennifer Marks, AP Research
Nora Schaefer, AP Research




Senior AP Literature and AP Human Geography Project. Click on image to access links if you don't have a QR Scanner available.

smallsun Humanities Summer Reading Assignments

Rising 12th graders 
          English Task
          AP Research Task 

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Students can choose from a range of courses in the Humanities House. The following courses must be successfully completed by students who tested into this program to earn a Tested In Humanities Certificate of Achievement. (Printable Version

 Humanties Coursework 2019_2020

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