Social Studies

Photo of mural in BHS social studies hallway
  • PHOTO: Bill Bell, a social studies and career and technical education teacher at BHS, worked part time for about three summers to complete a 6'X12' mural, which now hangs near the social studies classrooms at BHS. The mural shares both the positive and negative history of freedom in America.

  • The Barrington High School Social Studies Department offers a broad, comprehensive, selection of courses in the social sciences. It is our goal to develop skilled, knowledgeable, and concerned citizens of the community, nation, and world. We want our students to ask questions, gain content understanding, conduct research, and take action. Our curriculum provides students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a better student, a better leader and a better citizen. The courses offered and the course sequence allow and encourage students to explore multiple areas within social studies with the hope that they will uncover areas of interest and aptitude. Courses in social studies are offered at multiple levels to challenge students of varying interest and ability. Students are required to take a minimum of 2 ½ credits of social studies for graduation. Of these credits, one must be in Global Studies at the freshman level, one must be in U.S. History, which can be taken during sophomore or junior year, and one-half credit must be earned in Civics, which can be taken during either junior or senior year. College bound students are recommended to earn at least three credits in social studies. Those wishing to fulfill the Civics requirement can complete the Advanced Placement Government course.