The goal of the Center is to provide academically challenging courses of study to develop knowledgeable citizens who will accept leadership roles in service learning and impact international relations with our global community.
9th Grade: Perspective
Freshman year introduces students to the cornerstone of perspective. Students will be engaged in thoughtful conversations throughout their classes. The 9th grade coursework provides engaging dialogue and analysis of current events, literature, and history.
Leadership & International Relations Perspectives
Students will discuss and analyze the historical and philosophical background to leadership, apply those ideas to modern theories, and discuss current events through various perspectives.
The English 9 study of literature will challenge students to examine various literary genres in order to understand literary terms and vocabulary and to analyze and acquire skills necessary for effective leadership.
World History I
Students will examine World History/World Geography from the beginning of time to 1500.
*Course will change to AP Human Geography with the Class of 2024 Cohort.*
10th Grade: Communication
Sophomore year provides a myriad of opportunities for students to improve their oral, written, and digital communication skills. Students will address real-life communication issues, assess their personal communication strengths and areas of improvement, develop usable communication skills, and build a strong portfolio.
Communications for Leadership & International Relations
The course offers students the opportunity to develop a variety of personal and professional communication skills that promote effective leadership and successful international relations.
World Literature covers a variety of texts from across the globe. Students will study literature as an art form that reflects human experience at cultural through cultural and universal lenses.
AP World History
AP European History is a college level course which explores the history of Europe from 1450 to the present through analytical thinking and writing.
11th Grade: Ethics
Junior year charges students to develop their abilities to read, explicate, analyze, and evaluate situations, their own ethical positions, and think critically and analytically about ethical issues.
Leadership Innovation Lab
In 11th grade Leadership elective, students develop their own questioning skills and ability to make evidenced-based decisions, examine their values and ethics, through a variety of case studies and find solutions to real world problems in their local school, community, and beyond.
The course involves critical reading and writing with an emphasis in American Literature. Students will simultaneously examine the historical bases and context of literature written by American authors.
AP United States History
The AP course provides a general overview of the history of the United States. Students will explore America’s past, examining the cultural, political, geographical, economical and technological changes that have taken place and have helped to shape the nation today.
12th Grade: Service
Senior year culminates with the skills learned throughout a student’s tenure in the Center. Students combine their leadership, communication, critical thinking and decision making skills to complete rigorous coursework, implement a Capstone Project, and participate in a real-world internship.
Leadership in Action
This course requires students to synthesize the leadership information acquired during their first three years in the Center with the implementation of a service learning Capstone Project and execution of an internship.
AP English Literature and Composition
The AP English Literature and Composition course engages students in the careful reading and critical analysis of literature.
The course includes intensive study of representative works from various genres and periods.
AP US/VA Government and Politics
The AP course in US/VA Government and Politics will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret US politics and the analysis of specific examples.