Curriculum Overview

Great Hearts Curriculum

While students will learn at different paces, we believe that true education is a matter of development over time and within a stable community. At Great Hearts we give our students individualized attention, but always within a common, one-track curriculum.

Sample Curriculum

A Sample Curriculum Chart

Great Hearts Kindergarten-5th Grade Core Reading List

Little Bear  |  Mouse Soup  |  Mike Mulligan  |  The Velveteen Rabbit  |  Mr. Popper’s Penguins  |  Owl at Home  |  Frog and Toad Collection  |  A Bargain for Frances  |  Sam the Minuteman  |  My Father’s Dragon  |  Boxcar Children  |  Sarah, Plain and Tall  |  Charlotte’s Web  |  Little House in the Big Woods  |  Cricket in Times Square  |  The Little Prince  |  The Little House on the Prairie  |  The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe  |  Pinocchio  |  Trumpet of the Swan  |  Prince Caspian  |  Wizard of Oz  |  Carry on, Mr. Bowditch  |  The Princess and the Goblin  |  Robin Hood  |  The Voyage of the Dawn Treader  |  Where the Red Fern Grows  |  Secret Garden Across Five Aprils  |  The Hobbit  |  Mouse Tales  |  Beatrix Potter  |  Aesop’s Fables  |  The Ugly Duckling  |  The Princess and the Pea  |  Little Match Girl  |  The Biggest Bear-Ward  |  D’Aulair’s Book of Greek Myths  |  Stuart Little  |  The Borrowers  |  The Wise Woman  |  Jungle Book  |  The Phantom Tollbooth  |  King Arthur  |  A Wrinkle in Time  |  Sherlock Holmes


Great Hearts 6th-8th Grade Core Reading List

Shane  |  The Wind in the Willows  |  Anne of Green Gables  |  Call of the Wild  |  A Christmas Carol  |  Julius Caesar  |  Tales of the Greek Heroes  |  Beowulf  |  To Kill a Mockingbird  |  Lord of the Flies  |  Sir Gawain and the Green Knight  |  The Merchant of Venice  | The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  |  Miracle Worker  |  The Chosen

Great Hearts 6th-8th Grade Short Story List

“Rikki Tikki Tavi”  |  “The Monkey’s Paw”  |  “The Gift of the Magi”  |  “A Sound of Thunder”  |  “The Lady or the Tiger?”  |  “Tell-Tale Heart” | “The Black Cat”  |  “The Casque of Amontillado”  |  “The Pit and the Pendulum”  |  “Fall of the House of Usher”

Great Hearts 6th-8th Grade Poetry List

Sonnets 15, 18, 30, 29, 60, 73, 143 by William Shakespeare  |  Kipling, “If”  |  Longfellow, “The Village Blacksmith”  |  Millay, “First Fig”  |  Frost, “Nothing Gold Can Stay”  |  Wordsworth, “My heart leaps up”  |  Blake, “The Tyger”  |  Dickinson, “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers”  |  Dickinson, “There is no frigate like a book”  |  Browning, E., Sonnet 43 “How Do I Love Thee”  |  Milton, Sonnet 23  “On His Blindness”  |  Housman, “Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now”  |  Housman, “When I Was One and Twenty”  |  Hopkins, “Spring and Fall”  |  Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”  |  Longfellow, “The Arrow and the Song”  |  Emerson, “Concord Hymn”  |  Burns, “A Red, Red Rose”  |  Tennyson, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”  |  Donne, “Death Be Not Proud” Herbert, “Virtue”  |  Hopkins, “Pied Beauty”  |  Byron, “She Walks in Beauty”  |  Keats, “To Autumn”  |  Whitman, “O Captain, My Captain” Yeats, “When You Are Old”


9th-12th Grade Core Reading List

My Antonia  |  Red Badge of Courage  |  Autobiography of an American Slave  |  The Great Gatsby  |  Old Man and the Sea  |  Billy Budd  |  Walden  |  “Civil Disobedience”  |  Democracy in America  |  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  |  Othello   |  The Tempest  |  Utopia  |  Second Treatise of Government  |  Pride and Prejudice  |  Discourse on Inequality  |  Tale of Two Cities  |  Communist Manifesto  |  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich  |  Crime and Punishment  |  Henry V  |  Iliad  |  Odyssey  |  History of the Peloponnesian War  |  Theban Plays  |  Five Dialogues of Plato   |  Republic  |  Nichomachean Ethics  | The Books of Genesis, Exodus, and Job  |  Hamlet  |  Aeneid  |  Confessions  |  Gospels of Mark and John, Acts of the Apostles, and Epistle to the Romans  |  “Treatise on Law”  |  The Divine Comedy  |  The Prince  |  Essays  |  Meditations on First Philosophy  |  The “1844 Manuscripts”  |  Reason in History  |  Brothers Karamazov  |  King Lear  |  The Scarlet Letter  |  Frankenstein  |  Herodotus’ Histories  |  Paradise Lost

9th-12th Grade Historical Works

The Declaration of Independence  |  The Constitution of the United States  |  Federalist Papers  |  Marbury v. Madison  |  The Monroe Doctrine  |  Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions  |  Dred Scott v. Sanford  |  The Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln  |  The Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln  |  Plessy v. Ferguson  |  Fourteen Points Speech, Woodrow Wilson  |  First Inaugural Address, Franklin D. Roosevelt  |  Brown v. Board of Education  |  “Birmingham City Jail Letter”, M. L. King | “I Have a Dream” speech, M. L. King