The Social Studies program is a four-year sequential requirement. By studying the various social science disciplines - history, geography, economics, political science, anthropology, psychology, and sociology - students gain an understanding of modern society as they acquire the skills needed to become active and effective citizens in a democratic society.
The four-year sequence consists of the following: 2 years of Global History taken in the 9th and 10th grade that culminates in a Global History Regents. 1 year of U.S. History taken in the 11th grade followed by a U.S. History Regents, as well as 1 semester of Participation in Government offered in the Fall of 12th grade, and 1 semester of Economics offered in the Spring of 12th grade. Students are required to pass all of the sequential Social Studies courses, as well as pass 1 of the 2 Social Studies Regents. Students will be automatically enrolled in the Global History and U.S. History Regents at the end of their 10th and 11th grade year. If needed, make-up exams will be offered in August and January each year.
Students who prefer a more rigorous and challenging curriculum will have the opportunity to take Global Honors in the 9th grade and AP World History in the 10th grade. Students enrolled in AP World History will take the AP Exam in lieu of the Global History Regents. U.S. History Honors is available for students in the 11th grade.