The Social Studies Department offers courses on world history, culture
and geography; U.S. history and geography; principles of American
democracy; and economics. These classes are empirically based and promote critical thinking and questioning regarding historical events and perspectives.
Students in grades 10 study major turning points that shaped the
modern world from the late eighteenth century through the present.
After a review of the nation's beginnings, students in grade 11 study
the development of U.S. democratic ideals and the major turning points
in American history in the 20th century.
During one semester of grade 12, students pursue a deeper
understanding of U.S. national, state and local government. In the
other semester, they study the basic principles of economics.
All classes meet the Common Core State Standards
and the California History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools
for Grades 9-12.