High School Humanities

English Language Arts

English Literature instruction in secondary schools builds on the comprehension strategies taught in prior grades while increasing the academic challenge of the text.  These include rigorous and engaging literature selections as well as primary and secondary source documents.  Students are taught how to interact with text, synthesize and evaluate what they have read, and to develop an argument with substantive evidence.  Through collaborative discussions and seminars, students develop skills to be ready for college and beyond.

Please see the Haverford High School Course Selection Guide for information on English Language Arts courses. 

Social Studies

Our social studies curriculum is aligned with the Inquiry Design Model and the practices of the College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards. Students learn background content which is supported by intermittent inquiries. This provides the opportunity for students to dive deeper into a compelling question, by asking and answering supporting questions while using a variety of primary and secondary resources.  Students will have the opportunity to take informed action at some point during the year. 

Please see the High School Social Studies Curriculum Guide for more information.