History

    Social Studies
    Lynette Alexander, Assistant Principal

    The Social Studies Department offers the eight terms of social studies courses mandated by the New York State Department Education. In addition, the department offers the following special courses:

    IWSP (Intergenerational Work Study Program) is a dropout prevention/ school-to-work partnership between the Board of Education, the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) and various New York City high schools and facilities that serve the needs of the elderly. It was begun in September of 1987. Clara Barton High School became a member of the partnership in September of 1989. For one-half the day, Mondays through Thursdays, students attend those classes that are required for graduation. They spend the other half of the day working at a senior citizen center, a nursing home, or a DFTA facility that provides indirect services to senior citizens. On Fridays they attend the graduation requirement classes and the classroom component of the IWSP requirements. At the end of the semester, upon satisfactory completion of all IWSP requirements, students receive two academic credits toward graduation.

    United States History Advanced Placement Course—This is a rigorous, college-level class that explores many issues in great depth. It involves critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students analyze historical documents and write analytical essays. This class prepares student for the College Board AP Examination each May. Many students will be able to get college credit for this class, and many colleges give preference to applicants who take AP classes.

    Government and Politics Advanced Placement Course—This course is for students with an interest in government and politics. This college-level course has an intense research component and lessons designed for students to work both individually and cooperatively. The major focus of the course is on the workings of the United States Government. The students analyze the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Civil Rights Movement, Congressional powers, taxes, and Supreme Court cases.

    As part of the course, students have in the past participated in the prestigious “We the People” Program. This program is funded by Act of Congress and is administered by the U.S. Department of Education. It culminates in a nationwide competition which is held at three levels of trials: city, state, and nation.

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