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. Students are required to complete a significant amount of reading and writing assignments.

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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AP Psychology

Guest Speaker
County Attorney Kent Volkmer
May 6, 2022

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We The People State Competition Success

Unit Highest Score


We The People Earns 1st Place at Regionals

State Competition - Friday, January 10

Department Chair

Nathan Scheeler
Scheeler, Nathan
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-3434 x 4622

Department Teachers

Algeri Cruz
Cruz, Algeri
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4627
Scott Davis
Davis, Scott
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4624
Ken Faulkner
Faulkner, Ken
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4635
Corey Graham
Graham, Corey
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4625
Regina Marlin
Marlin, Regina
ESS Behavior Support Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4549
Anne Quick
Quick, Anne
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4637
Christi Saucedo
Saucedo, Christi
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4620
Nathan Scheeler
Scheeler, Nathan
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-836-3434 x 4622
Jason Scherr
Scherr, Jason
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4623
Tracy Stuart
Stuart, Tracy
Social Studies Teacher
Office: 520-876-9400 x 4628
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