Social studies education helps students understand the world, develop critical thinking and analytic skills, and become thoughtful and responsible citizens. Social studies is the study of relationships among people and between people and the environment over time, and it helps students recognize the challenges and benefits of living in a diverse society. Based on appropriate investigations and reflections within social studies, students develop distinctive skills and a critical awareness of the human condition and emerging spatial patterns and the processes and events that shape them. The social studies curriculum builds the following capacities in young people: disciplinary knowledge; inquiry, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills; respect for the underlying values of a diverse democratic society; interest in public affairs and competencies of self-government. Each capacity contributes uniquely to a common understanding of responsible citizenship.

9th Grade

Option 1 SST115 - World History 1 (semester) and SST116 - World History 2 (semester)
Option 2 SST120 - Honors World History 1 (semester) and SST121 - Honors World History 2 (semester)

10th Grade

Option 1 SST216 - World History 3 (semester) and 10th Grade Social Studies Elective (recommended for college-bound students), or a different graduation requirement elective
Option 2 SS607A/SS607B - AP European History (year-long)
Option 3 SS611A/SS611B - AP Human Geography (year-long)

 11th Grade

Option 1 SS300A/SS300B - United States History (year-long)
Option 2 SS600A/SS600B - AP United States History (year-long)

 12th Grade

Option 1

SST401 - Civics (Required) and a) Social Studies Elective or b) any other Elective Semester

Option 2 SS605A/SS605B - AP U.S. Government & Politics (Meets Civics Requirement) (year-long)

Social Studies Electives

Electives open to 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades:

Electives Open to 11th and 12th Grades Only:

Elective Open to 12th Grade Only:

SS300A/SS300B - United States History
SS600A/SS600B - AP United States History
SS605A/SS605B - AP U.S. Government & Politics
SS607A/SS607B - AP European History
SS611A/SS611B - AP Human Geography
SS613A/SS613B - AP Psychology
SST090 - Northwest Studies
SST115 - World History 1
SST116 - World History 2
SST120 - Honors World History 1
SST121 - Honors World History 2
SST216 - World History 3
SST218 - Psychology: Nature vs. Nurture
SST221 - History of Sports
SST305 - Law and Society
SST401 - Civics
SST410 - Contemporary Issues
SST515 - Economics
SST530 - Social Psychology
SST531 - Abnormal Psychology
SST565 - Social and Cultural History of the 20th Century 1 - Music
SST570 - Social and Cultural History of the 20th Century 2 - Film
SST571 - India & South Asia: From Area Studies to Ethnic Studies
SST614/SST615 - AP Economics