The history program at Orchard House begins with ancient history in the fifth grade and ends with modern U.S. history in the eighth grade. We dive into the richness and messiness of the human experience over successive years to learn about continuity and change, success and failure, and repression and freedom in different parts of the world. Besides gaining a good solid understanding of history, the girls develop the essential skills of thinking for themselves, staying organized, working with others and writing research essays. We also take an interactive approach to learning. As visitors quickly realize, students are not only listening to lectures and taking notes, they are also sharing opinions, making presentations, creating art projects, role playing in skits, and completing on-line work within a compelling, often lively, classroom setting. They are active participants in their own education.