Social Science
Welcome to  the Valley View High School Social Science  Department
 
Our Department Vision is as follows:
  •  Departmental Vision:
    • Essential question: 
      What skills from a Social Science perspective should our students have upon graduation from Valley View High School?
      • Critical thinking and Decision Making:  The department will address the ambitious objective of developing a vision of teaching critical  thinking and decision making in a historical context.  Utilizing reason and  logic to allow the students to make decisions based on evidence and persuasion.  The decisions/choices process will give the students a deeper understanding of the material and develop a skill which will serve them for a lifetime.
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      • Content Knowledge:  The department will address the objective of increasing the content knowledge of the students in each grade-level.  Based on the state-standards the students will develop a basic knowledge of World History, US History, US Government, and  Economics.  Our focus will be directed to the “why” of historical events.  Cause and effect relationships of events, people, and decisions throughouthistory.
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      • Research:  All high school seniors should be able to write a social science based research paper.  This is reflected in the 11th  Grade Research Standard—all U.S. History classes have some type of required  research project.
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      • Relativity:  The department will address the importance of making the curriculum relative and relatable to the student’s life. Historical events have a direct relationship with the modern world.  We have to make that connection apparent and obvious to our students.     
Social Science Department offers a variety of A-G approved courses for students to take, including:
  1.  (9th and 10th grade) Honors or Regular World History (10th grade)  which covers the beginnings of democracy in Greece and Rome all the way up to present day modern world issues.
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  3. AP European History (10th grade) qualifies as a college prep elective in which students will learn the beginnings of European History to  present day and will take the National AP Exam in May.
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  5. AP US History (11th grade) in which students will learn the beginnings of European colonization of the Americas all the way up to present day topics and will take the National AP Exam in May.
  6. Regular US History (11th grade) which follows the California State Standards from colonization to modern day US events.
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  8. AP Psychology (11th and 12th grade) is also a college prep elective in which students study the biological and emotional aspects of behavior and other psychology related fields and studies. Students also have the  opportunity to take the National AP Exam in May.
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  10.  Regular Government and Economics in which students study the structure and policies of the US Government as well as a basic introduction to micro and macroeconomics. This class meets the 12th grade graduation requirement.
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  12. We also offer AP Government and AP Economics in which seniors study those topics in great lengths to prepare for the National Exam in May.
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  14. Lastly, our Social Science department is a major component of the AVID Program at VVHS, in which 6 of our members teach the AVID 9-12 elective.