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Social Science

Who We Are

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Who We Are

Government/Economics, Government EML (Emerging Multi-Lingual)
World History,GTA (Graphics Technology Academy) , US EML (Emerging Multi-Lingual) 
Anthropology, World History, EML (Emerging Multi-Lingual), Life Skills/ Ethnic Studies 
Life Skills/Ethnic Studies, US History *Co-teaching 
World History *Co-teaching, Government/ Economics 
Life Skills/Ethnic Studies, World History 
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 AP*
Ortez, Jenny * Department Chair
Life Skills/ Ethnic Studies (Mainstream and EML- Emerging Multi- Lingual)  
Government/ Economics, US History (Graphics Technology 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. *EML 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. EML* and AP offered. 


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


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


* EML- Emerging Multi-Lingual - for English language learners new to the country. *AP- Advanced Placement.