Nature has established governing laws. Students will recognize what exists in nature and how it works. Freshmen must be acclimated to this outdoor learning environment as they study local to global flora and fauna, learning about their natural environment at the school and globally, thus enabling them to interact as harmoniously as possible with nature to form a complimentary relationship for sustainable living. Supporting technology will be integrated in order to emphasize that nature and technology are not mutually exclusive. Etymology, the study of Greek and Latin prefixes and suffixes, is especially applicable to all students in this year and serves as a foundation for further study.
This is the study of the development of humans and their varied cultures globally from their ancient roots to the present. Students at this level are beginning to think more abstractly. Therefore, the sophomore year is a mixture of factual study with the beginnings of abstract concepts and ideas. This includes the study of humankind and its various cultures throughout the ages. The goal of exploring cultures is to help students begin to understand their roles in the complex global society, to appreciate the diversity of people that comprise it, and to develop an understanding of those things that all humans have in common.
Sociology is the scientific study of human society and social interactions. The main goal is to understand social situations and look for repeating patterns in society. The main focus is on the group, not the individual, in order to understand the forces that operate throughout society—forces that mold individuals, shape their behavior and ultimately determine social events. This will enable the students to understand their place and role in their local and global societies.