The Social Science Department offers courses on world history, culture and geography; U.S. history and geography; principles of American democracy; and economics.

Students in grades 9 or 10 study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present.

After a review of the nation's beginnings, students in grade 11 study the development of U.S. democratic ideals and the major turning points in American history in the 20th century.

During the first semester of grade 12, students pursue a deeper understanding of U.S. national, state and local government. In the second semester, they study the basic principles of economics.

All classes meet the California History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools for Grades 9-12.


Name Classes Taught 
Sarah Gillette: Dept Chair
US History
Greg Benzel US History
Scott Bergemann Geography, AP World History
Colleen Crowe Government, Economics, AP U.S. Government and Politics
Laura Douglas SDAIE World History, World History, Multicultural
Dale Eckenburg Government & Economics
Mark Hardy AP Microeconomics, AP Psychology
Monica Harter
World History, US History
Chelsea Jones  World History, AP US History, Government & Economics
Tim Kenney   Georgraphy, World History
April Kenitzer US History, AP World History
Ryan Spears World History
Eric Sturgeon AP Psychology, Positive Psychology