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Social Studies

Department Chair:  Mrs. Amy Nesfeder

The National Council for Social Studies states that “the primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.”

To prepare our students to become productive citizens, the Charter Arts Social Studies Department is committed to engaging the students in understanding and expanding their knowledge of history and government. Formal and critical study of Western Civilization, United States History and American Government provide the students with the knowledge and skills to enter effectively into adult citizenship.

All students have the opportunity to take four years of social studies courses, usually beginning with Western Civilization followed by United States History 1, United States History 2, and American Government. Students also have the elective option to take AP United States History in 11th grade instead of taking United States 2.