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Social Science

Who We Are

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Who We Are

US History GTA, World History GTA, Government/Economics LEP (limited english placement)  *GTA Graphics Technology Academy Coordinator 
World History GTA (Graphics Technology Academy) , US LEP (Limited English Placement) 
Anthropology, World History, LEP (Limited English Placement), Life Skills/ Ethnic Studies 
Life Skills/Ethnic Studies, US History *Co-teaching 
World History *Co-teaching, Government/ Economics 
US History, SS Instructional Coach 
US History, World History *Green Academy 
Government/Economics, US History *Green Academy 
* AP US History, US History  
AVID, Government/Economics, Life Skills/Ethnic Studies 
World History, World History AP*
Life Skills/Ethnic Studies Co-teaching,  World History 
Ortez, Jenny * Department Chair
Life Skills/ Ethnic Studies (Mainstream and LEP- Limited English Placement)  
Department Course Description

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Department Course Description

The Woodside High School Social Science department offers four required courses and two electives.


Freshmen: Life Skills / Ethnic Studies - Life Skills focuses on decision making, mental, social/ community health, and substance abuse. Ethnic Studies- students will develop the skills to critically examine local, national, and global histories through the lens of race, gender, and class. *LEP offered. 


Sophomores: World History - The course covers a period of more than 500 years and highlights the intensification of a truly global history as people, products, diseases, knowledge, and ideas spread around the world as never before. LEP* and AP offered. 


Juniors: United States History - A study of the history of the United States with a focus on the 20th century. LEP* and AP* offered. 


Seniors: American Government and Economics (one semester of each). Each course is a survey of the major concepts and structures of government and economic systems. Seniors also complete the Senior Thesis,  a required individual research project.  LEP* offered. 


Electives: Anthropology and Psychology.  These courses are open primarily to juniors and seniors.* 


* LEP= Limited English Placement - for English language learners new to the country. *AP- Advanced Placement.