Social Studies Department

Course Pathway

Freshman Year

World History I

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Sophomore Year

World History II

Junior Year

US History

OR

AP US History

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Senior Year

  • US Government OR AP US Government
  • DC History and Government

Mission Statement

Jackson-Reed Social Studies empowers students to become inquisitive, informed, and engaged participants in civic life. Social Studies is a core subject composed of civics, economics, geography, history, and other social sciences taught in every grade from 9-12 using methods that align to the best practices of each discipline.

Core Classes

  • World History I and World History II
  • US History or AP US History
  • US Government or AP US Government
  • DC History & Government

Possible Electives

  • Women's Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Model United Nations
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Comparative Government
  • Social Issues

Please Note

  • Course names in bright green are required for graduation.
  • In some cases, students take either an Honors or AP Version of a class to meet the requirement.
  • All AP Classes require an end of the year test administered by the College board to determine if they are eligible for college credit.

Core Courses


World History & Geography I: Middle Ages (HC5) +

Description: This Social Studies course introduces ninth graders to world history and geography during the medieval and early modern eras. Students will study the development and changes of complex civilizations, identify and explore the similarities and patterns of these civilizations, and analyze ways that concurrently developing civilizations affected each other. Major eras and trends of study include: developments during the Middle Ages of the Islamic, Chinese, Japanese, sub-Saharan, European, Andean, and Mesoamerican civilizations; the Golden Age of the Ottoman Empire; the Renaissance and Reformation; colonialism; Scientific Revolution; the Age of Political Revolutions; and the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Student learning will be shaped by an understanding of the historic and contemporary phenomena through the categorical lenses of social, political, religious, intellectual, technological, economic, and environmental thought. Projects and activities throughout this course will reflect the skills expectations of rote, reasoning, reflection, and research. Additionally, the five themes of geography (location, movement, region, place, and human-environmental interaction) will be integrated so that students better understand the relationship between geography and the development of civilizations.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 9th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

World History & Geography II: Modern World (HC6) +

Description: This Social Studies course introduces tenth graders to world history and geography during the modern era. Students will study the development and changes of complex civilizations from approximately 1750 to the present. Students will be able to apply their understanding of the historic as well as the contemporary geographic, social, political, and economic consequences of the various areas and problems they review as they relate to the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Rise of Imperialism and Colonialism, World War I, Totalitarianism, World War II, and Nationalism.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 10th
Prerequistes: HC5
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

US History & Geography: Gilded Age to Present (HC7) +

Description: This Social Studies course reviews the settlement of the colonies and the American Revolution, westward expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. Students will examine the major turning points in American history from the Industrial Revolution through the 20th century. Students will evaluate the effect on major national developments of the expanding role of the federal government and the federal courts; the balance of power between the right of the individual and states' rights; the continuing struggle between minority rights and majority power; the emergence of a modern corporate economy; the impact of technology; and the role of the United States as a major world power.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 11th
Prerequistes: HC6
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

AP U.S. History (HP1) +

Description: This Social Studies course prepares students for intermediate and advanced college social studies courses. It is taught with college-level texts, and preparation for the A.P. test will be an integral part of the course. Students will learn to assess historical materials--their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance--and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The course will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 11th
Prerequistes: HC6
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

Principles of US Government (HC8) +

Description: This Social Studies course applies knowledge gained in previous years of study to a deeper understanding of the institutions of American Government. In addition, students draw on their studies of world and American history and geography and other societies to compare differences and similarities in world governmental systems today. This course is the culmination of the social science classes designed to prepare students to address society's problems, to understand and participate in the governmental process, and to be a responsible citizen of the United States and the world.

Number of Credits: 0.5
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 12th
Prerequistes: HC7
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

AP U.S. Government (HQ3) +

Description: Study includes general concepts used to interpret United States politics, as well as an examination of the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that make up American politics. Focus is given to analysis of historical materials--their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance. Students will develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. This course prepares students for intermediate and advanced college social studies courses.

Number of Credits: 1
Course Type: Advanced Placement
Grade: 12th
Meet CL/CP Requirements? Yes

District of Columbia History & Government (HC9) +

Description: This social science course examines the major events in Washington, DC's history, particularly in relationship to the students' past learning of American history. Students will study the creation of Washington, DC and the subsequent historical developments of the capital city of the United States. Students will also study major influences, including slavery, war, emancipation, Reconstruction, urbanization, civil rights, and home rule.

Number of Credits: 0.5
Course Type: Regular
Grade: 12th
Prerequistes: HC7
Meet CL/CP Requirements? No

Electives

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Staff

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Clarence Alston

Social Studies Teacher

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Amanda Chang

Social Studies Teacher

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Nicole Felmus

Social Studies Teacher

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Esther Fitts

Social Studies Teacher

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Anthony McMillan

Social Studies Teacher

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Allegra Penny

Social Studies Teacher
Department Chair

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Margaret Pierce

Social Studies Teacher

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Naomi Winkelman

Social Studies Teacher