More Options

Social Studies

Shannan McKenna, Director of Social Studies

Shannan McKenna

Director of Social Studies
Phone: 603-845-1550 x 5319

Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities.  Social Studies courses help students acquire knowledge, judgment, and skills to participate intelligently and responsibly in their role as citizens.  Social Studies is taught in all grade levels in the district.  At the high school level students are required to earn three credits in Social Studies to include Cultural Foundations, American Studies, Civics (Political Science or Law), and Economics.  Additional elective courses are taught encompassing psychology, government, and ethics.

The WSD Social Studies curriculum is aligned to the National Council for the Social Studies C3 Framework.  The curriculum is organized around five overarching dimensions: civics, economics, geography, history, and historical skills.  Each of these components is addressed at each grade level in an age appropriate manner.