The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college-preparatory school for girls and 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: United States Government and Politics; United States History; Human Geography; Comparative Government and Politics.  

  • Co-curricular activities: Diversity Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, Politics and Public Policy Club and World Affairs Club

Required Social Studies Courses:

  • Middle School: Geography; United States History; Civics
  • Upper School: World History I; United States History

Social Studies Electives:

  • American Government
  • World History II
  • Global Studies in the 21st Century
  • Macroeconomics and Contemporary World Issues
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP United States History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • Independent Research (National History Day)

Social Studies Faculty

Mrs. Joan Turner, Department Chair
Mrs. Rosana Fox, Social Studies
Ms. Sarah Garcia, 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