The Social Studies Department develops students who are capable of critical thinking, informed civic participation, and who cherish independence of thought; indeed, we believe these abilities are the foundation of responsible global citizenship.
By engaging students in a spiraling curriculum of carefully designed core and elective courses from freshman to senior year, we focus on the mastery of core educational skills that promote 21st century learning through the study of key historical content. Core skills include the critical analysis of a variety of texts for bias, quality of evidence, and quality of argumentation; effective written and oral communication; effective note taking; collaboration with peers and adults; and facility with ever-evolving educational technology.
In the standard sequence, students are required to take Freshman Foundations/Hawaiian History in ninth grade, AP Human Geography or Modern World History in tenth grade, and AP U.S. History or U.S. History in eleventh grade. Beginning in eleventh grade, students also may enroll in a number of elective courses, including AP Comparative Government, AP Psychology, Current World Issues, Economics, Psychology, and World Religions.
We believe that students who possess an appreciation of history’s complexity and the ability to participate in civil discourse will be the leaders who emerge to help fashion solutions to the great challenges of our day and tomorrow.
- Freshman Foundations/Hawaiian History
- World History
- AP Human Geography
- United States History
- AP United States History
- World Religions
- Current World Issues
- AP Psychology
- AP Comparative Government and Politics
- AP European History
- Economics Honors: Human Behavior, Social Justice and the Science of Decision-Making
- U.S. Constitutional Law: American Society through America's Great Court Cases
This course will introduce students to principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics and how they intersect with issues of social justice. Students will also learn about behavioral economics and the science of decision-making, consider how practical life skills scale up to national and global economic sand contemplate the implications of opportunity cost in a variety of contexts. To bridge theoretical understanding with application, students will work through hands-on activities, conduct experiments and complete projects in addition to readings and lecture. The prerequisite for this course is World History or AP Human Geography. This course is only open to juniors and seniors.Note: Students may enroll in the course for the fall semester or the year. A research-based individual student project will be the focus of much of the second semester.
U.S. Constitutional Law: American Society through America's Great Court Cases (0.5) This general level elective history course will examine the pressing social and political issues of our time - abortion rights, affirmative action, gay marriage, campaign finance reform, free speech, separation of church and state - beginning with the case law and our evolving notions of rights and freedoms. This seminar-based class will culminate in a student-directed final project. The prerequisite for this course is U.S. History. This course is only open to Seniors.