The aim of the Social Studies program is to give students a comprehensive knowledge of events, geography, and diversity both domestically and globally to become active and responsible members of their communities. Throughout their course of studies, students will be taught the fundamentals of analytical thinking, primary source analysis, and how to recognize patterns of events. Students will access the skills and knowledge learned in English, mathematics, and science as they relate to their course of study. To ensure a safe learning environment and equal opportunities for all students, the curriculum and classrooms are designed to accommodate diverse learning styles and backgrounds. Parental engagement is also important to the social studies program and to that end teachers maintain communication to ensure full engagement in the classroom. The program is aligned with the Massachusetts Frameworks for Social Studies and Literacy in the Social Studies, which incorporate the Common Core State Standards. As a result, teachers have designed units and projects that are rigorous and allow for students to scaffold on prior knowledge and skills from one course of study to the next.
U.S. History I (9th grade)
As aligned with the Massachusetts History and Social Sciences Frameworks and the Common Core Standards, this course will examine U.S. History from 1763 to World War I. As part of this course, students will investigate the origins of the Constitution and American democracy and the challenges the new nation faced postwar. Other units of study include the Civil War, westward expansion, immigration, and industrialization. The course will conclude by examining the political, social, and economic changes the U.S. experienced during the Progressive Era and U.S. entry into World War I.
U.S. History II (10th grade)
As aligned with the Massachusetts History and Social Studies Frameworks and the Common Core Standards, this course will chronologically examine American History following the end of World War I. The course will review the impact of the Roaring 20s, World War II, and economic growth and consumerism postwar. The course will conclude by examining U.S. involvement in global affairs and in depth look into the Civil Rights Movement.
Advanced United States History I and II
The topics and events that are covered in the advanced classes are the same as those that are covered in the non-advanced class. However, the review of the topics and events will be more in-depth, will require deeper critical thinking, and the examination of primary and secondary sources. Students can expect to work at a more rigorous pace, work cooperatively, and have outside reading and writing assignments.
World Culture and Geography (11th Grade)
This is a survey course of today’s world organized around the five key geographic themes: location, place, region, human-environment interaction, and movement. Units include: the United States and Canada, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Southwest Asia, Africa South of the Sahara, Southern Asia, and East Asia. The course will help students make the connection between geography and current events while understanding the world’s people, places, and environments.
Modern America and Global Affairs (12th grade)
This course is a study of American history following World War II through present day. Students examine events, policies and themes that have shaped the nation during the 20th and 21st centuries. Connections between present day events and the past are emphasized as we look to our future.
Psychology (12th Grade)
The course is a study of scientific psychology and the many diverse fields within psychology. It is based on scientific methodology, which gets to the root of how we know what we know both about others and ourselves. Units include: the biological basis for behavior, child and adolescent development, learning, development, theories of personality, psychological disorders, and therapies.
Citizenship and Government in the 21 st Century (12th Grade)
The focus of this course will be to prepare students to participate in exercising their civic responsibilities as thoughtful and informed citizens. Civics provides a basis for understanding the rights and responsibilities for being an American citizen and a framework for competent and responsible participation. Teaching and learning will focus on the historical development of government and political systems, including: the United States Constitution; federal, state and local government structure; and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Students will actively investigate local, state and national issues, read and participate in discussions, and develop informed arguments through a variety of writing assignments and projects.