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Social Studies

Program Overview:

Social Studies explores the study of people in relation to each other and to their world. It is an issues-focused and inquiry-based interdisciplinary subject that draws upon history, geography, ecology, economics, law, philosophy, political science and other social science disciplines. Social Studies is integral to the process of enabling students to develop an understanding of who they are, what they want to become, and the society in which they want to live. 

View a full list of our courses in the Course of Study Guide

For a quick glance at the sequencing of courses over four years in the Social Studies department, please click here.

Program Contact Information:

Ms. Lucy Arecco
Program Administrator

Ms. Janet Bernstein
Administrative Assistant
(203) 625-8090

The best way to contact a teacher is via email. Please see the Staff Directory for email address.

Program Mission:

The GHS Social Studies Department prepares its students to be informed, active, ethical and empathetic citizens.

We achieve this by:

  • Developing and implementing a rich, coherent and varied course of study;
  • Delivering meaningful and rigorous inquiry-based instruction;
  • Engaging students in the respectful exchange of ideas;
  • Nurturing student voice, choice and intellectual curiosities;
  • Providing students opportunities for impactful community engagement;
  • Fostering collaboration and reflection on the part of students and teachers;
  • Pursuing professional development to continuously improves Social Studies education for all students.


Each Spring the Social Studies Department honors distinguished scholars and students who have served the Greenwich community. Please see the descriptions of each award.  

Writing Contests:

Students are encouraged to participate in outside writing contests to engage in civic and historic discourse. Opportunities can be found here.