The social studies programs go beyond just history or geography. Their major purpose is to learn the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to be ready for what Thomas Jefferson called "the office of citizen." The programs’ hope is to engage the scholar in what it means to be a citizen.
Global Studies I and II: The course covers Ancient Civilizations to the Age of Enlightenment. It is designed to create a foundation of knowledge in order to make and apply connections from history to the world around us. It does not end with a Regents exam. What is learned in this class is necessary for Global History III and IV which are Regents exam classes.
Global Studies III and IV: The course picks up where Global Studies I and II leaves off, from the Age of Enlightenment to present day. Scholars are taught to use primary and secondary sources to critically think, read, write, and speak like historians. It ends with a Global Studies Regents exam.
Participation in Government: This semester-long course explores what government is, from its purpose to the traits of American democracy. It is a senior level course needed for graduation. There is no Regents exam at the end of this course.
United States History: The course covers the first Americans through present day. It studies many themes across history such as the ideas of democracy and opportunity. It also looks at the peoples who influenced and changed major events in US history. The course ends with the U.S. History Regents exam.
The grading policy is how students are graded based on the weight of different types of work that students do in their classrooms. All teachers use the grading policies listed. The word "assessment" can be quizzes, tests/exams, essays or any major work that teacher’s use to test student learning.
Daily/Weekly Assignments: 35%
Any work that tests student understanding within a unit of study, or on a daily/weekly basis:
- Do Nows/ Warm-Ups
- Exit Slips
- Performances of Understanding (classwork)
Summative Assessments: 35%
Any work that tests student understanding at the end of learning. These require students to apply skills and content acquired over time. A minimum of 2 per marking period:
- Unit Exams
- Performance Tasks
- Research Papers
This area takes into tests student performance in non-academic areas. Grades issued based on marking period data.
- Attendance (90% + in the individual class)
- Timeliness (On-time 90 %+)
- Behavior (no more than 3 demerits in a marking period)
- Organization (maintains notes)
- Respect for property (handles school property with care)
- Class participation (Contributes to class and small-group discussion)
Student Self-Assessments: 10%
This area tests students’ effort to improve themselves. There will be a minimum of two opportunities for reflection and/or revision.
- End of unit reflections
- Test or paper revisions