Through geography, humanities and history, students explore the diversity of their school, community, city, country and world. The boys are expected to develop an understanding of the complexity of the environment in which they live. Discussions and activities are designed to foster a capacity for thoughtful and intelligent communication. The curriculum challenges boys to develop responsible leadership skills and independent thinking. It is structured to emphasize concern and respect for each individual, as well as communities and cultures. Community service activities, undertaken when appropriate, encourage students to be responsible and caring citizens. At one point in the school year, the full lower school division will study one culture in depth.