Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies Department

American History

American History is explored from European discovery to the present day in accordance with state and ACCRS Standards. This course is structured around activities, assigned readings, and discussions designed to develop an understanding of the cultural, economic, and political growth of the United States.

AP Human Geography

The Advanced Placement (AP) course in Human Geography gives high-ability students the opportunity to earn college credit in Geography while still in high school. More importantly, the content of an AP Geography course helps students develop critical- thinking skills through the understanding, application, and analysis of the fundamental concepts of Geography. Through AP Geography, students are introduced to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding and use and alteration of the earth’s surface. Students learn the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. AP Human Geography requires extra time on the part of the student for preparation and completion of reading and writing assignments. 

AP Psychology

This course is designed to increase the students’ understanding of Psychology theory and research. The units of study include: methods and reasoning, Developmental Psychology, perception and sensation, learning and intelligence, motivation and emotion, personality disorders, and Social Psychology.

AP U.S. Government & Politics

The acquisition of a thorough and systematic comprehension of U.S. Government & Politics requires that students learn facts and concepts and understand typical political processes. Further, students must be guided to use specific information critically in order to evaluate general propositions about government and politics as well as to analyze political relationships between people and institutions and between different institutions. Students are also required to interpret and utilize basic data relevant to government and politics in sustained written arguments. AP U.S. Government & Politics requires extra time on the part of the student for preparation and completion of reading and writing assignments.

AP U.S. History

The AP program in United States History provides college-bound students with analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in United States history. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands on them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students learn to assess historical materials and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. The course examines U.S. history from colonization through the present day.

AP World History: Modern

AP (Advanced Placement) World History is a year-long course that assists students in developing a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, and the interactions of different types of human societies. This course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage. Reading, writing, and analytical skills are stressed throughout the course.


The students develop economic reasoning skills in order to apply basic economic concepts, assess problems, and make choices. Students have an opportunity to evaluate the choices of others as consumers, workers, and citizens participating in local, national, and global Economics.

History in Film

In this course, students read about specific periods of the past through primary sources, research articles, and books. Students compare class readings with Hollywood film perspectives and other historical, social, and cultural perspectives of the same period. The focus of course work is comprised of extensive discussion and written analysis. Students need parent permission for viewing the films.

Pre AP World History

Students in this course develop an understanding of the themes of World History and World Geography. Students use these tools to explore historical activities and data from the beginning of civilization to approximately 600 CE. Students become familiar with how to write a document-based question essay and explore the physical and political geography of the world. 


This course looks at the systematic study of human behavior as shaped by group life and the social systems. This course discusses foundations of Sociology, methods of study including inequality (gender and age), social institutions (government and marriage) and social change throughout the human social life.

U.S. Government & Politics

In this course, the focus is the U.S. constitutional system and its foundations, form, and function. Further, the course emphasizes the three branches of government, civic responsibilities, and civil rights issues in the U.S. as well as in Arizona. 

We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution

We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution course enhances students’ understanding of the American constitutional democracy and prepares students for the academic rigors of higher education and the working world. Students will participate in several simulated congressional hearings, discovering the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, with additional emphasis being placed on thorough examination of the US founding documents, US Supreme Court cases, and the US legal system.

World History/Geography

World History/Geography covers the history and geography of the world from pre-history to the modern age. Students analyze the human experience through time; recognize the relationships of events and people; and interpret significant patterns, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in world history.


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We The People

State Competition
January 13, 2023

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We The People

Region 3 Competition
1st Place
December 10, 2022

Department Instructional Leader

Robert Peterson
Peterson, Robert
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3409

Department Teachers

Kim Batina
Batina, Kim
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3402
Scott Cheek
Cheek, Scott
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3403
Beth Craig
Craig, Beth
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3404
John Craig
Craig, John
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3400
John Garvey
Garvey, John
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3407
Christopher Mallek
Mallek, Christopher
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3602
Dylon Matthews
Matthews, Dylon
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3405
Mavil Murillo
Murillo, Mavil
English/Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3303
Robert Peterson
Peterson, Robert
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3409
Gretchen Pleggenkuhle
Pleggenkuhle, Gretchen
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3406
Aaron Romero
Romero, Aaron
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3401
Mark Salow
Salow, Mark
ESS Behavior Support Teacher
Office: 520-836-8500 x 3703
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