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Social Studies

The Social Studies Department supports the mission statement of Mercy High School that shares a commitment to academic excellence, social justice, and civic involvement. In order to further the development of these ideals, our courses focus on critical thinking, document analysis, research writing, argumentation, and project-based learning skills to form active and engaged global citizens.

Using various methodologies in historical study students make connections between the past, present, and future. With project-based learning, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills. Authentic, meaningful projects engage students in real-world issues.

View the Social Studies Department overview presentation from Fall 2018 Open House!

Classes Offered

The past causes the present, and so the future.
- Peter N. Stearns

Social Studies Department Chair

Ryan McGoron has been a teacher at Mercy High School for 8 years. He is the Social Studies Department Chair and currently teaches classes in AP World History, AP Psychology, and Contemporary World Issues. Mr. McGoron has served as a Class Moderator and Chapter Advisor for the National Honors Society. He also collaborated with teachers and administrators from Mercy schools across the country to create a curriculum on the critical concerns that highlights social justice issues. He loves bringing current events into class discussions and finding new ways for students to display their learning.

Mr. McGoron earned his B.A. in History from Xavier University and Master’s in Education from John Carroll University. He holds a California Clear Teaching Credential in Social Science. His other passions include exploring independent bookstores throughout the Bay Area and rooting for his hometown Cincinnati sports teams.


Infographic describing the learning outcomes of Mercy social studies dept