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The goals of the Social Studies Department focus on developing in students an understanding of the development of our culture, providing them with the information and skills necessary to interpret their world and act effectively within it as responsible citizens. By our culture is meant the unique characteristics of American society - its social structure, its economic system, and its political organization. Students need to understand the general patterns of western civilization from which the culture evolved. In an age in which the United States is committed to global involvement, it is also important to develop an awareness of and appreciation for other cultures.
Student objectives include the following:
To meet these needs, a curriculum has been developed which consists of a core program required of all students plus various electives available for those who choose to enroll. All students are expected to take the core program consisting of World History, United States History and Government I, and United States History and Government II. In addition to the core courses, students may add as many electives as they can fit into their schedule; but electives may not be used as substitutes for the required core courses.
When the number of students in one course is large, ability grouping allows teachers to work at the academic level that most closely meets the ability of the class. Therefore, students in the social studies core courses are divided into Honors, Accelerated/Enriched, College Preparatory and Standard Preparatory sections. Most social studies electives, on the other hand, are planned for students who represent the entire spectrum of abilities and interests typical of juniors and seniors.
Pamela Lynn, Regional Department Chair
Abigail Buffum, Courtney Carp, Maura Champigny, Peter Colby, Rob Donaldson, Karin Drowne, Kristen Ervick, David Green, Patrick Grucela, Amy Houle, Rick Kilpatrick, Alec Lewis, Sam McHale, Eric Menninger, Mary Price Maddox, Katie Rossignol, Lesley Scott-Morton, Ryan Steege, Mike Tobin, Laura Watkins