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Led by our Department Chairs and our Dean of Curriculum and Assessment, our curriculum review process continues to strengthen the diversity of voice and perspective in our curriculum. We have committed to an outside review of our curriculum through this and other lenses as part of our ISACS accreditation process (2020-2022), and will ultimately include experts from other schools to provide feedback on our current approaches and directions for the future.

In the last few years, we believe this ongoing work has advanced the diversity of perspective of the curriculum in salient ways:

  • In the Lower School, teachers have conducted text audits to ensure diverse perspectives and identities are represented in the materials available in each classroom, for choice-based and shared reading.
  • In the Middle School, English teachers and our library team have done similar work to provide a broad range of voice, identity, and perspective in readers-writers workshops. The humanities curriculum has realigned to study foundations of civilization (6th grade), foundations of society (7th grade), and the role of active citizenship in defining American history (8th grade), from the Revolution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights movement. Students are provided the tools to start asking questions about their world, to answer those questions, and to act upon them.
  • In the Upper School, all students now take our signature American history course in 10th grade, taught wholly through the lens of Detroit.  Detroit case studies frequently and powerfully include material on the region’s – and Grosse Pointe’s – complex and fraught history on race, and each year faculty evaluate new research and resources to incorporate into the curriculum.  11th and 12th grade humanities electives have been added on marginalized groups, including Native American studies, African-American history, and African and Latin American history.  Our English program features an increasingly diverse group of authors and perspectives in core classes, as is evident in our course selections, and features elective courses that include topics like Literature of Protest, Politics and Minority Art, the American Dream, and Class and Identity.