The History and Social Studies Department

The History and Social Studies curriculum teaches students to recognize major trends in history as well as fostering an understanding of political, social and economic events, past and present. Students develop skills in critical research and writing, as well as analyze historical evidence. Advanced Placement courses begin in 10th grade with European History, followed by AP United States History in 11th grade, and AP United States History and Government in 12th grade.

Grades 9 -10
The 9th grade curriculum covers the beginning of history until the dawn of the Renaissance, focusing on the impact of geography, politics, culture, and religion on social and intellectual history. 
The 10th grade curriculum takes students from the Renaissance through present day.


Grade 10
This course examines European History from 1450 to present day, focusing on the social, political, religious, intellectual, technological, and economic developments throughout this period. Students will be prepared for, and take, both the Regents exam in Global History and the AP exam.

Grades 10 - 11
The Jewish History curriculum highlights the major events and trends in Jewish history from the 6th century through the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The goal of these courses is to ensure that students emerge with a solid knowledge of our past and to be able to differentiate between fact and fiction.

Grade 11
This course covers U.S. History from the Pre-Revolutionary period through the present day. Events are analyzed from the perspectives of politics, culture, and the legal system, paying special attention to the Constitution. Students examine the changing notions of the rights of Americans, discrimination against ethnic groups, and America’s role as a global superpower.

Grade 11
This course spans 1491 to the present. Topics include domestic and global challenges, prosperity and responsibilities, The Constitution and demographics. Students will be prepared for, and take, both the Regents exam in U.S. History and the AP exam.

Grade 12
Students gain an understanding of both micro and macroeconomics concepts such as scarcity as its effect on society, supply and demand, inflation, supply side economics, taxation and government spending, economic growth and interdependence.

Grade 12
This course offers students an in-depth look at constitutional underpinnings and the civil liberties and civil rights, political culture and socialization, citizen participation and influence, and political institutions and policy making, that are the foundation of modern U.S. government and politics.

Grade 12
Learning the history of the State of Israel and the Zionist thinkers, students learn to apply their knowledge to better understand media headlines. Additional focus will be put on political topics that relate to current events, and historical arguments that support the establishment and continued success of the State of Israel. Through this course, students become strong advocates for Israel.

This course is designed to provide an in depth study of all aspects of U.S. law, by helping students gain an understanding of and appreciation for, the legislative process, basic concepts of the different types of law, and of the role of the law in American society. In addition, special attention is given to the study of the development and history of law-related professions.