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Social Studies

Because we live in an interactive global community, the Upper School social studies curriculum focuses on creating an understanding of not only our own culture, but also those of other societies.

The Social Studies Department faculty engages students in discussions of both historical and modern cultural traditions, in both Western and Non-Western societies. Students learn to think critically about the various political, economic and social systems of the world.

Park Tudor Legacy Initiative

The Legacy Initiative project creates a unique experience for Upper School students to learn about wartime history. Through interviews and research, students have produced a series of books highlighting wartime memories from the American Revolution through the Gulf War. The Legacy Initiative has partnered with the Library of Congress Veteran History Project and the office of Indiana Senator Richard Lugar to document veterans’ oral histories. IUPUI has also joined the project, creating a digital database of Legacy Initiative interviews.

Model UN Program

Students in grades 8-12 have an opportunity to participate in Model United Nations programs in the United States and in The Hague, Netherlands. Underclassmen gain experience by preparing position statements for specific countries. Conference destinations include Dayton, Ohio; Chicago; Georgetown University and The Hague, Netherlands. Seniors who have gained experience from earlier conferences may be invited to attend the International Conference. Park Tudor has participated in this conference for more than 20 years and is one of only nine schools in the United States that is invited to attend.