Welcome to the Social Studies Department
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Philosophy and Goals
The goal of the Social Studies department is to help students become effective citizens in a changing world. The Social Studies program provides the skills needed to develop an informed citizen essential to effective participation in the process of government and the fulfillment of the nation's promise of a representative democracy. To that end, the students will gain an appreciation of cultural diversity, an overview of World and American History, and an understanding of contemporary issues. Students will develop an awareness of the economic, social, political and environmental aspects of all nations and people. They will acquire knowledge of their role in today's world and their place in the world well into the 21st century. Through the use of technology students will continue to gain skills in critical thinking, problem solving, research, and communication.