The Social Studies curriculum at New England Academy empowers students to learn about the past and see how history connects to today. NEA follows the 2018 History and Social Studies Frameworks for both middle and high school that includes Ancient Civilizations, Civics, World History I and II, U.S. History I and II as well as electives such as Government and Policies and Economics.
The middle school World History curriculum focuses on cultural studies across the globe that include geography, early beginnings, interaction with other cultures and core beliefs and characteristics of multiple cultural groups. Middle school also learns about United States and Massachusetts government and civic life, which covers concepts such as the foundation of the political system, institutions within the government, rights and responsibilities of citizens, the Constitution, amendments, Supreme Court decisions, freedom of press, as well as structure of state and local government.
World History I and II covers religions and belief systems over time, modern world kingdoms and empires, development of philosophy, art, science and technology, global expansion and colonization, political, agricultural and industrial revolutions, and the two World Wars.
High school U.S. I and U.S. II covers topic such as the origins of Constitution, social political growth and change, Civil War and Reconstruction, immigration and industry, the Civil War, the Cold War and globalization. The high school Civics course looks beyond foundation of the U.S. government and into purposes, principals and institutions of government, civil rights, human rights and civil liberties, political parties, interest groups, media and public policy as well as the relationships of the United States to other nations in world affairs. Our Economics course covers economic reasoning, supply and demand, market structures, role of government, national economic performance, financial institutions and trade. In addition students will learn how to save, use credit, and make investments. High school students have the opportunity to participate in Model UN each year if they choose.
Hope can be maintained through a continued vigilance toward the little victories. As long as we do not take our successes for granted and do not forget from whence we came (meaning the progress students have made and the growth we as individuals and as a school have experienced), then we will be rich with opportunities to retain hope.
- Joe Mageary