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Social Studies

Department Overview

The Social Studies program explores the global political, economic, social, historical, and religious trends of our world. The curriculum is designed to examine the emerging trends of history and to achieve an awareness as to how they shape institutional, intergovernmental and interpersonal relationships in our world. Thus, the curriculum seeks to establish patterns of human behaviors, within their historical and geographic contexts, and to examine their impacts upon cultures around the globe in order to gain an appreciation for the complexity of our world. In addition, the curriculum attempts to leave the students with a sense of empowerment and a “call to action” to seek out a more just world.

In order to achieve these overriding goals, the students are asked to learn to think for themselves. To this end, the student activities have a concentration on communication and critical thinking skills. This includes, but is not limited to, a focus on writing, small group work, large group discussions, reflective writing, seminar discussion, note-taking, reading for analysis, persuasive argumentation, and the use of contemporary technologies to access, analyze, comprehend and communicate information about our world. Ultimately, the course work is designed to allow students to learn how to learn and to begin to appreciate learning as a life-long activity that includes a community much greater than themselves.

Social Studies Scope and Sequence

Required Courses:

9th Grade:

  • Freshman Collegio: World History - Ancient Civilizations

10th Grade:

  • Sophomore Collegio: World History – World Civilizations

11th Grade:

  • Junior Collegio: US History (AP US History option through a non-credit Window class.)

12th Grade Electives:

  • AP US Government and Politics
  • AP European History
  • AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics
  • Contemporary World Problems
  • US Government

meet the department chair

Cheryl Healy
graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Government and Public Service, and she began her teaching career in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as part of the Alliance for Catholic Education, a national service program for Catholic schools. She obtained a MAT through the ACE program and the University of Portland and later a Masters in Educational Administration from Notre Dame. After serving for eight years as Social Studies teacher, department chair and Vice Principal at La Salle Catholic College Preparatory in Portland, Oregon, Cheryl began at Seattle Prep in 2009. She has taught Sophomore and Junior Collegio, AP US History, and AP US Government and Politics at Prep. During the summer, she enjoys traveling, especially at part of teacher education seminars. Highlights include studying Civil Rights in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2016 and participating in a Teacher Study Tour to Turkey in 2015