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 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.

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
  • Co-curricular activities: Diversity Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, National History Day Upper School Club, Politics and Public Policy Club and World Affairs Club

Social Studies Courses Offered:

American Government
Global Studies
Middle School History
US History
World History



Social Studies Electives:

World History II
AP Human Geography
AP Comparative Gov. and Politics
Global Studies in the 21st Century
Macroeconomics and Contemporary World Issues
Independent Research

Social Studies Faculty

Mrs. Joan Turner, Department Chair
Mrs. Rosana Fox, Social Studies
Ms. Sally Gallagher, Social Studies
Ms. Eileen McAnulla, Social Studies
Ms. Suzanne Moran, Social Studies
Dr. Patricia O'Brien, Social Studies
Mr. Sean Quigg, Social Studies
Mr. Thomas Verdi, Social Studies
"Mrs. Fox is an amazing teacher and person. She makes you feel like family the second you step into her classroom. She comes to school everyday with enthusiasm for her job. Even though I don't have her as a teacher anymore I still love to visit." Helen Coogan '25