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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

Refer to the Social Studies Course Sequence for an overview of the four year program at GHS.  

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.  

Greenwich High School’s Veteran’s Day 2020

This year Greenwich High School used creative technology to recognize and celebrate the amazing service of our countries Veteran’s.  Program Associate for Social Studies, Frank Kovac organized the first ever Virtual Veteran’s Day panel discussion.   The discussion was led by students, Fiona Busch, Wyatt Radzin, and Hadley Rosenberg.  Mr. Kovac stated that “the students not only asked meaningful questions of our veterans, but were able to smoothly navigate the technology of our virtual platform”.   The panel consisted of Veterans, Lieutenant Commander James Waters, Captain Matthew Carstensen, and Major Timothy Rose.  All had incredible stories of service and strong local ties to the  town of Greenwich.  The Virtual Veteran’s Day 2020 not only recognizes and celebrates the stellar service of our Veterans, but it can now be used as a reference for any student interested in military service as a career path.