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Social Studies

Welcome to Social Studies

The Social Studies Department’s vision is to prepare students for active, informed participation in our democratic society by building the knowledge and skills necessary for citizenship in an increasingly globalized environment. This
includes building a strong set of foundational skills in writing, reading, research, and speaking. Curriculum and
content is supported with a variety of technologies to enhance and supplement student learning. In all Social Studies
classes, students will work collaboratively to think critically, analyze sources, and solve problems. By offering thought-provoking core courses in U.S. History, World History, and a variety of elective courses in civics, social science, and law, we hope that students are inspired to become committed and responsible citizens of the world.

The course offerings that follow permit students to choose between three levels for core graduation requirements after Grade 9 (College Prep, Honors, & Advanced Placement/AP). Semester electives are offered at the Honors level and are open to all students; they are high-interest courses focused on particular topics and subject-based skill development. Students should choose those courses because they are interested in the content and not be deterred by the Honors level, even if they have taken core courses at the College Prep level.

Additionally, the Social Studies Department is proud to announce that we are launching an inaugural chapter of the Algonquin National Social Studies Honor Society (NSSHS), a member of the national Rho Kappa Honor Society this school year. For more information, please visit our NSSHS website. The application window has closed; our induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. in the Small Performance Theater (Black Box).