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Social Science Department

The John Hancock Social Science Department endeavors to inspire and motivate the personal, academic, and civic development of its students.  We promote the process of learning, where students critically examine issues, evaluate multiple points-of-view, and produce perspectives on a variety of issues both past and present This results in the ability to solve problems, make informed decisions, and engage in productive struggle.


Our department aims to promote an understanding of diverse cultures, values, and systems; from this, students will gain awareness of their own values, as well as those of others. We are a department that is industrious, collegial, with high expectations for all. Part of this mission is for our students to carry these lessons beyond the classroom as they fully participate in our democracy.

Students are provided with a wide array of course offerings including AP and honors classes.  Our department seeks to foster a love of learning through enthusiasm for the social studies disciplines, use of a variety of instructional strategies, and the dynamic of individual personalities committed to a set of shared goals.