Social Studies

The curriculum of the Upper School Social Studies department is grounded on the notion that the 21st century will be an increasingly globalized era where every member will need a basic understanding of the various components of a progressively cosmopolitan culture. Towards this end the curriculum is organized on a pyramidal structure, where students at the 9th and 10th grades get a thorough understanding of world civilizations, culture, society, economics and politics from the ancient to the modern times. The content of these classes is enriched by equal emphasis on analytical thinking reflected in class discussions and writing, and research methods. Having acquired a solid foundation by the end of their sophomore year, students are equipped to take on the challenges of specializations in Advanced Placement and Honors level classes.