Welcome to the Valley Central High School Social Studies Department Web Page. The Social Studies faculty is comprised of a veteran staff with many years of teaching experience. We would like to invite you to check out our site and read about all of our course selections, programs, and activities. Students are required to take four (4) years of Social Studies.
Required high school Social Studies courses are:
Grade 9 - Global History I
Grade 10 - Global History II
Grade 11 - U.S. History and Government
Grade 12 - Economics/Participation in Government
Advanced sophomores may elect to take Economics/Participation in Government in Grade 11 and satisfy the U.S. History requirements by completing AP Social Studies in Grade 12. All students are also required to pass the New York State Regents Examination in Global History & Geography at the end of their sophomore year, and the New York State Regents Exam in U.S. History & Government at the end of their junior year. Students can also earn college credits by taking the Advanced Placement Exam in American History. Additionally, students can select one or our college courses taught at the high school through the S.U.N.Y. system. These courses are a fraction of the cost they would be on the college campus.
In addition to the core classes, our department offers a wide variety of electives. Some electives offered are: American Law, Military History, Psychology, Sociology, and Advanced Placement U.S. History.
Also offered are college courses taught by high school staff through the Community College at High School Program where students can earn college credits while still in high school from the SUNY System at Orange County Community College. College Courses currently offered are; Modern Europe and Medieval and Renaissance Europe, National Government, Medieval and Renaissance Europe. The Holocaust in History is offered through the SUNY System at University of New York at Albany.
In addition to our academic program, students are invited to explore the Social Sciences through the Mock Trial Club, and Orange County Youth in Government. Students with an interest and aptitude in the study of History can be inducted into Beta Tau, Valley Central High School's History Honor Society.
In addition to the Advanced and Regents Level Courses, students can also benefit from our Collaborative Program which combines the talents and expertise of two teachers in the classroom. Our A.I.S. (Academic Intervention Services) classes in Global History & Geography and U.S. History and Government help students prepare for the New York State Regents Exams.
Information on courses offered by the Social Studies Department can be found by accessing the individual course links on the left. All classes offered by the department are aligned with the New York State Social Studies Standards.
If you would like further information about our programs within the Social Studies Curriculum, please contact Mr. Rob Sassi, Social Studies Department Chair at Rsassi@vcmail.ouboces.org .