Social Studies

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The Social Studies curriculum helps students critically understand history, geography, economics and political and social institutions; develop an in-depth appreciation for global diversity; instill knowledge of the traditions and values of American culture; foster critical thinking skills that lead to life-long learning; and develop civic responsibility required to be responsible global citizens.

As part of the Social Studies curriculum, students demonstrate their understanding of significant events, ideas, key historical people and cultural contexts. They learn to analyze the relationship of people, places and environments and to relate today’s political, social and economic concerns to the past. Beyond the foundational history courses, students have opportunities to study areas of particular interest in depth.  They choose from a wide variety of courses including, among others, Women’s Studies, Hawaiian History, History of Music, and Economics & Entrepreneurship.

Learning is achieved through inquiry and research based projects, formal lessons, cooperative and independent assessments, guest speakers, field trips and group presentations.

Students take Social Studies classes in grades seven and eight; those in grades nine to 12 need to complete the equivalent of three-and-a-half year-long courses to meet graduation requirements.

Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses are also offered.

Courses offered:

  • American Government
  • AP Economics - Macro and Micro
  • AP U.S. History
  • Asian Studies
  • Economics 
  • Economics & Entrepreneurship
  • Hawaiian History
  • History of Music I
  • History of Music II
  • Social Studies Grades 7 – World Geography
  • Social Studies Grade 8 – American History
  • U.S. History
  • Women’s Studies
  • World History
  • World History Honors