History and Social Science

The History and Social Science Department promotes and supports a rigorous, culturally responsive curriculum that deepens students’ analytical skills, cultivates historical curiosity, and promotes informed civic engagement.

Students in our history and social studies classes learn to:

  • Be critical consumers and producers of different sources of information.
  • Read and analyze evidence and different perspectives to support arguments in writing, discussion, and decision-making.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human rights and our responsibilities as global citizens.
  • Listen generously and develop empathy for people from various backgrounds and contexts.
  • Apply knowledge of history and the social sciences to take informed, authentic action towards a more equitable world.
gsc logoThe new Global Studies Certificate (GSC) Program at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School promotes student engagement in global studies through an emphasis on global competence skills. Students in the program need to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher and fulfill the following requirements: 1) complete a Global Studies Portfolio/Website; 2) attend monthly GSC meetings; 3) complete monthly online reflections on the GSC Google Classroom site; 4) enroll in the GSC Senior Spring Seminar course; 5) complete a GSC capstone program; 6) present their project at the GSC final symposium. Upon successful completion of the program, students’ transcripts will reflect their achievement and they will earn a Global Studies Certificate. This year, applications for juniors are due on February 7, 2020; for 9th and 10th grades, applications are due on May 8, 2020. For more information, visit the program website.

The History and Social Science Department is partnering with the Democratic Knowledge Project (DKP) at Harvard University’s Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics to create a new civics course for 8th grade students. Safra Center Director Dr. Danielle Allen and members of her team will collaborate with the department as thought partners and resource developers through the 2020-21 school year.

Teachers in Cambridge Public Schools can access the curriculum by clicking here.

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