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In Macroeconomics, students examine the economy as a whole. Students learn the many ways with which we measure aggregate economic activity in the United States (with frequent comparisons to other nations). We study the business cycle and its effects both from a historical perspective as well as with reference to current economic activity. Students also examine aggregate supply and demand, inflation, unemployment, the U.S. banking system, and the creation of money in the banking system. We then study the role that government plays in moderating the extremes of the business cycle through the administration of monetary and fiscal policy, mentioning the multiplier effect in both cases. The actions of currency and interest rate fluctuations are an important part of this discussion.


This course begins with an introduction to Economics as a field of study; students study the concepts of supply, demand, and market equilibrium as well as the benefits of free trade in a global economy. Microeconomics examines the theoretical behavior of the individual consumer as an economic individual and how the individual attempts to maximize his or her level of satisfaction. Students study the public sector in depth, examining tax policy and the classification of “public” versus private goods. The course also discusses the individual firm’s behavior in various market structures: perfect competition, oligopoly, and monopoly, for example. We also study the business firm’s primary motivations, which include the maximization of profits. The course makes significant use of graphs and models of the market in order to understand economic behavior of individuals and firms.

Health and Wellness

The objectives and content areas introduced in Middle School are strengthened and elaborated upon in Upper School Health and Wellness. Critical thinking skills are sharpened and the consequences, both positive and negative, of personal choices, decisions and behaviors emphasized. The impact of controllable factors on long term health and wellness are also stressed. Students will explore external influences on their ideas and opinions. Themes of social justice, community building and creating positive change will be woven throughout the course.

Factors influencing mind, body and spirit are investigated. Nutrition, exercise, sleep, hydration, reproductive health (including contraceptive methods, discussions and activities related to abstinence), stress management, and healthy relationships are included in the core of the Upper School Health and Wellness curriculum. Speakers from health-related community agencies are on occasion presenters and facilitators. Current events relating to health are incorporated into the curriculum. CPR/AED certification is acquired.

Introduction to Psychology – Elective

This class will explore the many ways psychology influences our lives. We will explore the history of psychological thought. Important figures in the history of psychological theory and current modalities of clinical use will be explored. We will look at the ways psychology can be used in a variety of workplace settings. Guest lecturers will discuss their methods of counseling. Class interaction will be an important aspect in this experience.

Freshman Seminar

Entrepreneurial Studies