• To develop knowledge of, and interest in, historical periods from the rise of human civilization to the present
  • To cultivate awareness of the relation of past events to the concerns of the present
  • To develop familiarity with, and sensitivity to the values of past and present cultures
  • To promote responsible stewardship of the earth's resources by studying the rise and fall of civilizations

At PBA, History comes to life in a variety of ways, as our curriculum encourages an active engagement with the past, and with the diverse cultural heritages that compose our present. 

In fourth grade, students are introduced to the history of California. They even relive the gold rush by panning for gold themselves. 

In fifth grade, boys study the early history of America, from pre-Columbian times through the American Revolution. They hold a Continental Congress and discover the branches of government through a playground game. 

Sixth-grade History focuses on ancient cultures, beginning in Mesopotamia and ending in Rome. In seventh grade, beginning with the fall of Rome, boys are introduced to medieval cultures in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Boys deepen their knowledge of ancient and medieval cultures by planning an elaborate Culture Fair, in which they share their expertise with parents and fellow students through skits, songs, oral presentations, artwork, and food. 

Eighth-grade boys pursue and in-depth study of the principles of American democracy, and the various tests of those principles—the Industrial Revolution, the Civil War, the suffrage movement, the labor movement, the Civil Rights movement, the women's movement—from the nineteenth century to the present. Eighth graders put their knowledge of the Constitution to work in frequent debates on contemporary politics, including foreign, domestic, agricultural, and environmental policies.