Welcome to Social Studies!

  • Teachers: Dan Sullivan and Scott Berndt

    In social studies, Dan and Scott are faithful to the Open School tradition, while making sure that our students meet the state requirements for graduation. Since the United States is becoming more diverse every year and the world seems to shrink daily, our classes continue to emphasize some of the original Open School social studies graduation requirements from over thirty years ago - understanding other cultures and current issues.Dan and Scott are firm believers in students demonstrating what they know through projects, and all classes require them. These can be as elaborate as History Day projects where students begin researching in November and complete their projects in March, or much smaller, week-long summary projects. Most classes involve a lot of discussion, and many emphasize small group work throughout the semester.