The Social Studies Department at Connelly School of the Holy Child offers an innovative, student-centered curriculum integrating the latest academic technologies to improve students’ reading, writing, research, reasoning, and critical-thinking skills. Special emphasis is placed on current events and encouraging students to become active, well-informed citizens. Highlights of the department include a five-week, college-level research project in the Western Civilization class and, in all core courses, a year-long “24 Hours of Culture” project in which students go beyond the boundaries of the classroom to increase their knowledge and understanding of topics of their choice and reflect upon what they learn.
Qualifying upperclassmen can take additional courses such as Psychology, AP Psychology, and Economics through the Consortium.
The curriculum for Social Studies is not tracked, as new concepts are covered from year to year. Foundational knowledge of patterns of governance, economics, technology, continuity and change are integrated into the curriculum each year.
"A girl should choose Holy Child because it is a place where she can truly learn life skills and build confidence both in and out of the classroom. The teachers want you to succeed, and they are willing to put in extra time to make sure that happens. I have never met so many people who look forward to going to school and classes every day because they are excited to see their friends and feel like they can truly be themselves."
– Caitlyn ‘15, a freshman at Brown University
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– Hope ‘15, a freshman at Savannah School of Art and Design
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– Allison ‘15, a freshman at Fordham University