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Social Studies

Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Our Social Studies program works towards developing thoughtful and informed citizens who can successfully navigate a globalized and interdependent world. Our department focuses on developing a citizenry that understands the processes and ideals outlined by our Constitution and how to participate effectively in a democratic society.  By allowing students to think critically and creatively, students can develop 21st-century competencies that will enable them to be successful in high school and beyond. Students learn to research, analyze, and evaluate primary and secondary sources as the basis of historical investigation. Using the district library databases, students learn media literacy skills such as assessing bias and perspective, determining the reliability of sources, and drafting responses grounded in evidence and research. Opportunities for cross-curricular assignments and projects will be available each year to allow students to deepen their appreciation for the material and develop connections across content areas. The Social Studies Department offers students the opportunity to showcase their skills and understanding of the material through various authentic learning experiences.