In their study of social studies, students come to appreciate their place in time, their role as informed citizens, and the increasing interdependence of all people. Additionally, students develop an understanding of their involvement in society by developing a comprehensive understanding of the cultural contributions of the world’s various societies. Primary source document analysis becomes a focus and historical writing skills are introduced and practiced in creative and formal settings. Through the use of primary and secondary sources, students learn to think independently, articulate ideas with clarity, and interpret events of the past with consistency.
The required course of study includes World Geography, World History, AP U.S. History or Modern American History, Government, and Economics as well as alternating elective courses in American History: The Musical, AP U.S. History, AP Human Geography, Art History I, Art History II, History of Religion, Psychology, AP Psychology, Sociology, British Pop Culture, Africa is Not a Country, and Global Citizenship. In addition, units of study frequently include historical novels that further encourage analytical thinking and the relatable nature of historical facts.