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Social Studies

The Social Studies curriculum provides students with a broad knowledge and understanding of past ideas, developments, and events that have shaped our civilization.  Emphasis is placed on the main contributions of each cultural expression while differentiating between real and alleged facts, opinions, and common fallacies, so that students can make intelligent and constructive assumptions of their world and Christian heritage, therefore becoming informed and effective citizens.

A three year program in Social Studies (1.5 years of World History and 1.5 years of United States History) is required. Grade 9 students take a full year of World History. Grade 10 students complete World History in the first semester and begin U.S. History in the second semester. Grade 11 students complete the Social Studies requirement with a full year of U.S. History. Qualified students may elect AP U.S. History to fulfill the grade 11 U. S. History requirement.

A variety of electives are offered to expand the student's exposure to topics in history, geography, economics, and the social sciences.

The Social Studies Department sponsors a chapter of Opus Bono Historiae, an honor society that promotes scholarship and good works within the community.  Department members serve as faculty advisors for STAND, a group dedicated to the awareness of starvation and genocide in the Darfur region.

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