How do we become active citizens in the U.S. and the global community? How do we think critically, making connections between the past and the present? How do we analyze documents and online sources for content and credibility? How do we cultivate an understanding of social and economic justice issues?

The Social Studies Department seeks to develop all of those skills and more within the context of each course, topic and time period. The Department seeks to integrate an understanding of history with an understanding of the present. Courses investigate cultural, economic, intellectual, and religious topics in addition to presenting traditional political narratives. 


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  • Civics (312)

    Grade 7

    What exactly makes the United States of America a Democracy and a Republic? How are “citizenship” and the responsibilities that go with it defined and fostered in a democratic society? What values do the American political and legal systems honor and cultivate? How can you make a difference? The concept of civics dates back to ancient philosophers and focuses on the role of the citizen in their government. The goal of this course is to define that role for students and to encourage responsible and active participation in their communities. As students study the freedoms and rights promised in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, they will develop an appreciation of the country they live in while analyzing critically its strengths and weaknesses in light of its high standards. They will learn about the country’s diverse peoples, its democratic system of government, its capitalist economic system and its legal system as enshrined in its founding documents. Students will develop a portrait of what an American is, what Americans value, and what makes a person a citizen with the responsibility to participate in the government at local, state and federal levels. Throughout the year, students will engage in a variety of hands on projects designed to supplement their text with practical application of the major concepts.
  • World Cultures I (College Preparatory – 321)

    Grade 8 

    How did ancient world civilizations begin? What influences in language, culture, writing, art and architecture will they pass on to later civilizations, even defining much of what the U.S. and the world are today? This course is an introduction to the study of history. It seeks to recall the growth and development of humanity from the beginning of time through Fifth Century Greece, the Roman Empire and early Medieval Europe. The course attempts to involve the students in the lives of the people of these various cultures and eras. Also, students will be introduced to the 16 cultures of the non-European peoples, especially those of eastern Asia. Hands on projects, including a mock archaeological dig, are included. Meets every other day.

Social Studies Faculty

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Joseph Darsche

    Joseph Darsche 

  • Peter Espinosa 

    Department Chair
  • Michael McConnell 

  • Photo of Richard Steele, Jr.

    Richard Steele, Jr. 

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