At The Atonement Academy, students study history in order to better understand the foundations of western culture and civilization. History is also taught so that students may acquire a broader understanding of the human experience and condition. In the lower school, the students are introduced to the histories and stories of western civilization. In the Middle and Upper School, students are challenged to understand the significance of these events for the course of human history.

Middle School Courses

  • World Cultures & Geography
  • Texas History
  • American History

Required in sixth grade; no high school credit

World Cultures & Geography is a survey of world cultures from origins to the present day with significant emphasis on development of Western culture and the history of Christianity.

Students are responsible for daily readings, lecture notes, essay writing, class discussions, projects, oral presentations, quizzes, and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

Required in seventh grade; no high school credit

Texas History is a survey of Texas geography and history from the earliest recorded events to the 20th Century. Emphasis is placed on the Catholic heritage of Texas, the Revolutionary, Republic, and Civil War eras, as well as the modern Texas government.

Students are responsible for frequent homework readings of print and electronic resources, lecture notes, essay writing, class discussions, projects, oral presentations, quizzes, and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters.

Required in eighth grade; no high school credit

American History is a survey of U.S. history from the age of discovery and colonization through the Civil War, including a unit on founding documents and Federalist Papers.

Students are responsible for daily readings, lecture notes, essay writing, class discussions, projects, oral presentations, quizzes, and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters. 

Upper School Courses

  • Geography & Ancient Civilizations
  • Western Civilization
  • Honors U.S. History
  • Economics & American Government

Geography & Ancient Civilizations is a survey of world geography and history to establish the religious, philosophical, and political contexts most crucial to the development of Western history. Course includes analysis of contemporary issues and ideologies.

Western Civilization is a survey of world history from medieval to modern European history (500 to 1945 AD). Emphasis on the events, people, places, and trends foundational to an understanding of Western civilization as it developed during this time period. 

Honors U.S. History is a survey of American history, focusing on intellectual, political, social, economic, and religious developments with an emphasis on the uniquely American understanding of rights and duties. Includes review and preparation for the AP* U.S. History test. Students are responsible for extensive daily readings, lectures, class discussions, student presentations, frequent essays, and tests. Semester exams are given in both semesters. Students are encouraged to take the United States History exam in May. Those who do well have the opportunity to earn advanced placement and college credit at numerous colleges and universities.

The semester of Economics surveys the political philosophy of Adam Smith and Free Market principles based on factual consequences.

The semester of American Government surveys Classical Liberalism, Natural Law, and Constitutional limited government.