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Social Studies Department


The Pentucket Regional School District offers students a balanced program of social studies education. Underlying the Social Studies curriculum are two major goals:

  1. To prepare students to be effective, concerned, "thinking" citizens, and
  2. To provide for the personal development of each student.

The Social Studies program is based on a conviction that students must be actively and purposely prepared for the future. Social studies knowledge, skills, and attitudes are taught not just as components of the curriculum, but as essential learning and preparation for life. It is towards this end that the Social Studies curriculum has been designed.

The Program of Studies describes all the course offerings of the Social Studies Department.

  • All freshmen are required to take and pass a course in American history from 1763 to 1877.
  • Sophomores are required to take and pass a course in American history from 1877 to the present.
  • Juniors are required to take and pass a course in world history from the Napoleonic Era to the present.

These requirements support the state frameworks for history and the social sciences. Students who take the AP US history course will then be enrolled in the Senior Seminar in World History to complete their social studies requirements. AP Psychology is offered as an elective to juniors and seniors who meet the selection criteria. Seniors are required to take and pass a semester course that focuses on citizenship and American government. Seniors may also choose a semester elective of economics or psychology.