The Social Studies Department offers its students a curriculum that fosters for the development of a global awareness to expand their understanding of the complexities of the world around them. Using the best available technology students examine and analyze primary and secondary sources from the past as well as the contemporary world so that they may become critical thinkers and problem solvers. Students become active participants in our democratic system and make many connections between the Social Studies curriculum and other school disciplines. Every Social Studies course places a strong emphasis on issues and ideas that promote the development of the universal human rights of liberty, human dignity, and justice in the United States and the world.
- The curriculum includes World History, US History I and II as required courses. AP US History is offered to those who qualify. Social Studies electives are very popular among our students. Economics and Global Awareness are offered to 10th to 12th graders. Senior electives are Psychology, Sociology, International Studies and AP Government and Politics.
- Our success rate on the two AP exams has consistently exceeded 90%.
- Guest speakers are featured in many classes to provide our students with personal recollections from concentration camp survivors, who share their remembrances, to distinguished professors who convey their knowledge of the economy, various cultures and law enforcement. Alumnae return to relate their experiences working as interns for members of Congress, Peace Corp volunteers, and their various roles in the international community.
Activities outside of the classroom complement our curriculum. Our active History Society has toured Philadelphia and West Point and engages many guest speakers. Our Debate Team offers our students the opportunity to compete with their peers on topics of national importance such as poverty, alternative energy, sub-Saharan Africa, and UN Peacekeeping. Model UN allows students attend conferences at Harvard and Seton Hall in simulations mirroring the conflicts and resolutions that impact the United States and the world at large.