Social Studies

The Social Studies Department embraces the Hallmarks of the Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. We educate our students to act on the behalf of social justice and peace in the world. In the social studies classroom, we foster the development of global perspectives, acknowledging the diversity of our world. Through research, reading, discussion, debate and classroom activities, we encourage learning as an exercise whose goals are not only the development of self, but a call to community action for the betterment of the world.

Beyond the Classroom

Model UN

This program offers students a forum for discussing global concerns in a context that closely parallels the United Nations. Students travel to regional competitions to debate other high school students.


For over 35 years, NDA has sent students to Washington, D.C. to participate in this Congressionally–sponsored educational program. Students are able to debate policy issues with other students from around the United States. They, meet with their representatives and staff, listen to policy experts, and explore the museums and monuments of our nation’s capital.

Federal Budget Simulation

Economics students go the JFK Library to engage in a simulation of creating the federal budget.

Student Government Day at the State House

In April, selected students spend the day at the Massachusetts State House and get a first-hand lesson in state politics.

Field Trips and Site Visits

Faculty members of all grades plan a variety of field trips throughout the school year to the state Supreme Court, local historic sites, museums, the JFK Library and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate.


William Benson

Liam Concannon

Joan Delany

Joan Delany

Courtney Kelley

Courtney Kelley

Walter Lucier