The Social Studies Curriculum of Notre Dame High School is designed to stimulate critical thinking, promote social justice based on Catholic Christian principles, encourage patriotic involvement, and develop respect for national and cultural differences.  The curriculum emphasizes an understanding of contemporary economic, social, and political realities and future challenges.

The Social Studies Curriculum should enable the student to develop:

1.  Civic responsibility and active civic participation.

2.  Perspectives on their own life experiences so they see themselves as part of the human community.

3.  A critical understanding of the historical, geographic, economic, political, and social institutions,  traditions, and values of the United States.

4.  Critical attitudes and analytical perspectives appropriate to understanding humanity.


- Human Geography
- African American History
- World History
- Advanced Placement European History
- United States History
- Advanced Placement United States History
- United States Government and Current Events
- Advanced Placement Government and Politics
- Economics
- Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
- Film and United States History
- Law and Society
- Psychology
- Psychology of Prejudice
- Advanced Placement Psychology
- Sociology
- Humanities

Mr. Richard Woolery attended the Gilder Lehrman Seminar, American Origins: 1492-1625, at the University of Southern California. He is second from the right in the second row.


Mr. Dave Savage attends a four week National Endowment for the Humanities in Europe. Here is his NEH group visiting Zaanse Schans in North Holland. Mr. Savage is in the back row in yellow.

Department Chair Mrs. Shannon Kobielusz attended the Gilder Lehrman Seminar, America After the Cold War, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She is in the second row, second teacher in from your left. 

Notre Dame students visited Washington, D.C. and attended the 53rd Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013.