This double-block class blends history, literature, and geography using primary sources and local resources whenever possible. Students progress through Humanities 9, 10, 11, and 12. They build reading, research, and writing skills from year to year. The sequence includes World History and Literature I (Prehistory to 1100 CE), World History and Literature II (1100-1800 CE), American History and Literature, and World History and Literature III (1800-Present).
Curriculum at a Glance
Math and Sciences
Students are required to take at least three years of science and three years of mathematics. They are encouraged to take math and science all four years. Science classes are land-based and project-based: Biology, Conceptual Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics (two sections: Mechanics; Electricity & Magnetism). To a lesser extent, math courses also integrate environmental science across the curriculum: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Statistics (focused on consumer economics), Precalculus, and Calculus (AB).
Olney Friends School offers Spanish I through Spanish IV. Students are required to have at least two years of the same language. Students learn modern culture as well, interacting with native speakers as much as possible. The foreign language requirement is waived for non-native speakers of English.
Students are required to take a Quakerism elective as well as two other religion electives of their choice. Courses are designed to facilitate students’ exploration of their own beliefs. Our community is multifaith.
The arts at Olney Friends School are a source of joy, self-expression, and community-building. Students must take at least four quarter-long electives in the visual and performing arts.
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Each year, students come from a number of different countries around the globe to join peers from throughout the US to form a single high school community. At least intermediate-level English skills are needed to succeed in Olney’s college preparatory curriculum. We offer electives in ESL and/or writing skills throughout the year.