Our History/Social Sciences program will advance beyond
the AP curriculum by 2023. This will not diminish the academic rigor for which Casady is known, locally, regionally, and nationally. In fact, the changes are designed to double down on that commitment. Notably, as a School, we have a long and established record of success equipping students with foundational skills and knowledge for college through a rigorous curriculum.
Casady’s English program advanced beyond the AP curriculum in the early 80s, driving a stake in the ground to unequivocally emphasize depth over breadth. Since then, Casady students have performed successfully on English, Reading, and Writing portions of the ACT, SAT, and on the English Language and English Literature APs, along with garnering praise from college admissions for the distinctiveness of our program.
What Casady believed almost 40 years ago and what we still believe today is that we have exceptional faculty, and by leveraging the talents and interests of our superb teachers, all of whom have advanced or terminal degrees, students will be offered more engaging courses that are truly student-centered and learner-directed, allowing students to explore subjects of personal interest and passion in greater depth, enhancing the strength of our programs, and delivering on our Portrait of a Graduate to produce students that “honor, learn, engage, innovate, serve, and thrive.”
Consequently, in the early 80s, Casady was one of only a handful of forward-thinking independent schools that advanced beyond the AP designation in their humanities program. Today there are 70+ schools nationally that have moved beyond the AP curriculum, including many prestigious boarding schools, along with ISAS peer schools like Holland Hall, Hockaday, Greenhill, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal, who have embraced this change to their curriculum, and, like our students in our English program, have seen students thrive and teachers flourish without any negative impact on college placement.Click here
to read a Washington Post article on eight elite Washington D.C. independent schools advancing together beyond the AP curriculum.