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Social Studies

The aim of the Social Studies Department is to make social studies relevant for our students so that they can make connections between history and their contemporary world.

As citizens of a culturally diverse and increasingly interdependent world, our students will develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions with regard to the needs of local, regional, national, and global communities.

We work collaboratively with other departments and across grade levels to consistently deliver effective instruction and practice for creating 21st century skills and writing skills.

We offer Advanced Placement courses in 10th Grade European History, 11th Grade United States History, 12th Grade Macroeconomics, and 12th Grade Politics and Government.

The senior year requirement may be fulfilled by any one of the following options:

(1) One semester each of Participation in Government: Millennial History and Economics for Life (or the honors sections of these courses)

(2) Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics, a year-long course

(3) Advanced Placement Macroeconomics, a year-long course.

In addition to the required courses, seniors may also take one-semester electives in Constitutional Law, or Introduction to Psychology.

Social Studies 6

Grade 6 Social Studies looks at the development of East Asian civilizations during ancient times. From the beginnings of rice farmers in ancient China in 6500 B.C.E. to the modern day celebrations of cherry blossoms in Japan and Holi in India, this course will deepen knowledge of East Asian history and culture. A large emphasis is placed on geography, government, religion, culture, and economy will be studied for each of the above civilizations.

Available to grade 6; Full Year

United States History 7

The Grade 7 course in Social Studies includes an examination of Native American culture, European exploration and settlement of North America, and the history of the United States from the Colonial Period to the Civil War. Included in the course is a study of American national and state government. Current events studies are an integral part of the course. Throughout the program, attention is given to the development of the reading, communication, map and study skills which are needed for work in the area of social studies. Students will use their laptop computers and the Internet in various activities.

Available to grade 7; Full Year

United States History 8

The Grade 8 Social Studies course continues the study of American History begun in Grade 7. The course, with an emphasis on New York State, chronologically develops the history of the United States from Civil War period to the present. In addition, an attempt is made to incorporate and develop study skills and social studies skills, using subject matter as the vehicle for learning. Current events are incorporated into the various study skills. Students will use their laptop computers and the Internet in various activities.

Available to grade 8; Full Year

Global History and Geography Part I

This course will focus on a chronological examination of human development from pre-history through early modern times. Units for each of the eras will include the historical development of political institutions, economic and social life, and intellectual and artistic movements. A study of world geography is also an integral part of the course. Students will use their laptop computers and the Internet in various activities.

Available to grade 9; Full Year

Global History and Geography Part I H

This ninth grade social studies honors course will include the same areas of study as in the course listed above but students will be exposed to additional primary source readings and will be expected to compare and contrast various interpretations on selected topics. The historical movements, political institutions and intellectual and artistic developments will be studied as well as geography and current world affairs. The course strengthens historical study skills and stresses writing. Students will use their laptop computers and the Internet in various activities.

Available to grade 9 students in the Honors Program; Full Year

Global History and Geography Part II

The second half of this two‑year course in global history is designed to develop perspectives on Western and Eastern Europe as well as modern Middle East, Africa and Asia. Interactions and linkages among nations and peoples will be explored within specific time periods to ascertain how the past influenced the present. The skills and perspectives of history and the social sciences will be treated in each of the areas studied. Political and chronological context, however, will be stressed in Grade 10.

Available to grade 10; Full Year

Global History and Geography H Part II

This course is an honors level study of the history of Eastern and Western Europe, Modern Asia and Africa, and the Middle East. The major emphasis will be on the political, social and economic aspects, as well as cultural and intellectual developments as they relate to the above areas. Students will be expected to pursue independent work, study collateral readings in historical interpretations, and read an assigned book each semester.

Available to grade 10 students qualified for an honors course; Full Year

Advanced Placement European History

Advanced Placement European History is a challenging and demanding college level course which covers the political, intellectual, cultural, social and economic history of Europe from about 1350 to today. In addition to the text, original documents and scholarly interpretations, film and slides are used to enhance understanding and interest. Because critical and analytical writing is an integral part of the course, short research papers are assigned. All students take the Advanced Placement Exam in May. Additional class meetings or after-school/evening sessions may be required from time to time in preparation for the May exam. Students are required to take the AP examination at the completion of the course.

Available to grade 10 students qualified for the college level work; to qualified grade 12 students on a space available basis; Full Year

American History and Government

This course will include a chronological survey of United States history in general, but the emphasis will be on the United States as a developing industrial and post‑industrial nation. Constitutional and legal issues will be explored in depth, as will be the problems of a dynamic industrial society in an increasingly complex and technology‑oriented world. As should be true in any good learning situation, previous historical knowledge will be called upon for background, comparison and contrast purposes in all topics. Students will use their laptop computers and the Internet in various activities.

Available to grade 11; Full Year

American History and Government H

The honors level course in American History will challenge the higher level learning skills. A faster pace with greater analysis of selected issues will enhance the learning experience. A chronological approach to history will be employed. Three texts, outside readings and primary sources will foster critical thinking and elevate group discussions to the benefit of all. Students will use their laptop computers and the Internet in various activities.

Available to grade 11; Full Year

Advanced Placement US History

The AP program in US History is designed to develop analytical skills through in-depth reading of historical data in both primary and secondary sources. Many research papers will be assigned throughout the year to help students enhance their knowledge of US History. This course is a chronological study from the Colonial period to present time and is preparation for the May AP exam. Independent reading and research are necessary in order to stimulate class discussions. All students are required to take the AP Exam in US History in May.

After school and/or evening sessions may be required from time to time in preparation for the May exam.

Available to grade 11 and grade 12 ; Full Year

Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics

This course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It will require familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Students will become acquainted with the variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes. Topics will include constitutional underpinnings of U.S. government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups and mass media, institutions of national government, public policy, and civil rights and civil liberties. Students are required to take the AP Exam in May.

Available to grade 12; Full Year

Advanced Placement Macroeconomics

The purpose of the AP Macroeconomics course is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. Such a course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth and international economics. Independent reading and research are necessary in order to stimulate class discussions.

Students are required to take the AP Exam in American History in May.

Available to grade 12; Full Year

Introduction to Psychology

This introduction to the dynamic field of psychology will explore the different theories proposed about how we become the people we are and what factors influence the development of our personalities. A study of abnormal psychology is included in this course. Integrated into this course is the exploration of the growth and development, child abuse and neglect and effective communication. Case studies, films and television programs and specials will supplement the textbook. 

Available to grade 12; Semester

Constitutional Law

This is a course designed for students interested in law, government, and politics. It examines a wide range of contemporary issues subject to Constitutional interpretation, introducing students to the Constitution, the fundamental concepts of Constitutional law, the role of the courts, and the legal limitations on the government and the individual. Students discuss and analyze topics including separation of powers, federalism, affirmative action, civil rights, First and Fourth Amendment rights. They will be exposed to current Constitutional challenges and are given the opportunity to explore the relationship between law and society.

Available to grade 12; Semester

Participation in Government: Millennial History

From the World Trade Centers to the Great Recession, in this one semester senior course, students learn about the role of government during their lifetimes. Through modern day historical examples, students focus on the role of the federal, state, and local governmental actions. Starting in the late 1990s and working up to the present, millennial history gives the students a unique opportunity, to analyze in great detail the historical, political and social events that have directly impacted their everyday life.

Available to Grade 12; Semester

(Taken with “Economics for Life”)

Participation in Government: Millennial History Honors

From the World Trade Centers to the Great Recession, in this one semester senior course, students learn about the role of government during their lifetimes. Through modern day historical examples, students focus on the role of the federal, state, and local governmental actions. Starting in the late 1990s and working up to the present, millennial history gives the students a unique opportunity, to analyze in great detail the historical, political and social events that have directly impacted their everyday life.

Available to Grade 12; Semester

(Taken with “Economics for Life Honors")

Economics for Life

A semester long senior course that presents the six economic concepts that will prepare students for personal success as well as help them contribute to the success of their community and our nation. Some of the topics that will be examined are benefit/cost analysis, the importance of developing human capital, what determines the prices we pay, the role of government in the market economy, how students use and manage money through personal finance, as well as the role in the global economy. Students compete in a Shark Tank simulation as their final exam.

Available to Grade 12; Semester

(Taken with "Participation in Government Millennial History")

Economics for Life Honors

A semester long senior course that presents the six economic concepts that will prepare students for personal success as well as help them contribute to the success of their community and our nation. Some of the topics that will be examined are benefit/cost analysis, the importance of developing human capital, what determines the prices we pay, the role of government in the market economy, how students use and manage money through personal finance, as well as the role in the global economy.

Available to Grade 12; Semester

(Taken with "Participation in Government Millennial History Honors")

Global Scholars Seminar

Taking current world issues into consideration, the students in this course will develop their own responses and solutions as they engage in in-depth discussions and research. Part project based and part Socratic seminar, students will be guided by the curriculum expectations of Global Concerns Classroom.

Open to grades 10-12; Semester
May be taken multiple years

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