Social Studies Department


Matt Lyons

Department chair

Call: 401-268-6236

Email: Mr. Lyons


About Us

“Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.

Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.” (National Council for the Social Studies, Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, 1994)

The required history courses (Modern World History, U.S. I, U.S. II or AP U.S., and Democracy) cover core content knowledge, develop Historical inquiry skills and advance communication capabilities. These courses are offered at varying levels in order to accommodate Students’ individual needs. Integration of reading and writing is required in all courses at all levels. Successful completion of 3.5 core history courses is required for graduation.