Home ~ George Moltz's Rochester School Social Studies Website

       
     Thanks for visiting my website. I've been teaching and coaching at Rochester School since the year 1984, and our family has lived in town since 1989, so obviously I love the school and the community. Prior to joining the Rochester faculty, I earned my bachelor's degree in History at Grinnell College in Iowa, and added a master's degree in History from the University of Vermont. 
     Over the years the school's social studies courses have evolved a great deal.
     Students start their coursework with me in 7th grade, beginning a three-year chronological overview of human history. The 7th grade Ancient History class literally begins with prehistory, and aims to help students get a solid grasp of world history prior to the year 1800. 
     As 8th graders Rochester students study American History, an in-depth perspective on what was happening in the U.S.A. from 1800 - 1920.
     The chronology wraps up in 9th grade with the 20th / 21st Century America course, which covers the last century of U.S. History. I guarantee students that we will get to the year 2017! 
      Taking two years to study U.S. History really gives us the flexibility and the time to cover important topics and events in depth, providing students with outstanding content background in addition to all the skill-building activities along the way. 
     Upon completing these three courses, students in grades 10 - 12 are offered a choice of several electives: Asian Studies; Southern Hemisphere; Economics; Current Events; and a variety of independent studies and online classes. 
     Check out the links for details about each of these courses.