The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college prepatory school for young women in grades 6 through 12.

A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Young Women, Grades 6 through 12

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur: Inspiring Young Women Since 1956

Social Studies

Inspiring Global Awareness

The Social Studies Department is committed to the integration of history, government, and the social sciences. The development of critical thinking and writing skills within the framework of an array of Social Sciences (history, government, economics and geography) is fundamental in the preparation of students as both global citizens and leaders. Students develop a respect for, and an appreciation of, cultural, ethnic, and religious diversity, as well as a grasp of major institutions and modern nations in a complex and changing world. The comprehensive nature of each course prepares our students for the demands of college level courses. In addition to preparing students for their future academics, our goal is to inspire a life-long interest in the social studies.

Points of Pride
  • Varied methodology of instruction
  • Project based learning             
  • Primary source and document based analysis
  • Participation in National History Day (Middle School and Upper School - High School National History Day participation offers .25 credit)
  • Four Advanced Placement courses in American Government, United States History, Human Geography, and Comparative Government, with scores consistently ranked above the national average
  • Electives
    • World History II
    • AP Human Geography
    • AP Comparative Government and Politics
    • Global Studies in the 21st Century
    • Macroeconomics and Contemporary World Issues
    • Independent Research
  • Co-curricular activities
    • Diversity Club
    • National History Day Upper School Club
    • Mock Trial
    • Politics and Public Policy Club
    • World Affairs Club
    • Model UN (Middle School & Upper School)

Department Faculty

Mrs. Joan Turner, Department Chair
Dr. Holly Caldwell 
Mrs. Rosana Fox
Ms. Sally Gallagher
Ms. Eileen McAnulla
Ms. Suzanne Moran
Mr. Sean Quigg
Mr. Thomas Verdi