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Who We Are

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Who We Are

US History BTA, Modern European History BTA, Government/Economics LEP (limited english placement)  *BTA Business Technology Academy Coordinator  
Modern European History, US LEP (limited english placement) 
Anthropology, Modern European History, LEP (limited english placement), Life Skills/ Ethnic Studies 
Life Skills/Ethnic Studies, US History 
Modern European History, Government/ Economics 
US History, Life Skills/WS- *Green Academy Coordinator 
Life Skills/ Ethnic Studies, US History
* AP US History, US History (mainstream)
Government/Economics, Co-teaching,* AP US History 
AVID, Government/Economics, Life Skills/Ethnic Studies 
Modern European History, *BTA, European History AP*
Ortez, Jenny * Department Chair
Modern European History,  *Co-teaching, Life Skills/ Ethnic Studies  
Modern European History, Government/Economics- *Green Academy 
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. 


Sophomores: Modern European History - A study of the history and geography of Europe. 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.