•    The Social Studies program is based upon a philosophy that fosters an understanding, appreciation and commitment to the democratic processes of life and the government of the United States. The curriculum is dedicated to encourage the exploration and the analysis of an ever-developing array of the skills necessary to live a pragmatic and fulfilling life. These life skills are nurtured and enriched as the students progress through the curriculum that builds cooperation, civic responsibility, community awareness, attentive listening and the development of an appreciation of cultural heritage through aesthetic awareness.
       The Social Studies Department of Ridgefield Memorial consists of four teachers who bring a rich and a vibrant mixture of experiences in education and life skills. The attributes which this department is most proud of are its cohesiveness, mutual respect and open-communication which exists among its members. We are highly-skilled professionals who bring a wealth of empirical knowledge and training to historical content and pedagogy. Mr.Burke is the most Senior member of the department and possesses over 17 years of hands on teaching experience. Mr. Fabiano brings a diverse educational skill set with numerous certifications in psychology, history, and anthropology. Mr. Cooper has a teaching as well as a professional business background. All three of the veteran teachers bring passion and dedication to their craft with their advanced Master’s Degree plus thirty level of post-graduate education from a variety of private and public universities. The history department is rounded off by  Mr. Siegel, a graduate of NYU with degrees in History and Sociology. He earned his Masters degree in education at the Teachers College of Columbia University.