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Social Sciences


Students from all backgrounds investigate the social sciences using multiple perspectives to build cultural awareness and critical consciousness as a foundation for taking informed action.

Illinois State Standards for Social Sciences

The Illinois State Standards cultivate civic mindedness, historical thinking, economic decision making, geographic reasoning, and psychological and sociological intellect across all disciplines and grade levels.

The standards fall into two complementary categories: inquiry skills and disciplinary concepts.

  • Inquiry skills involve questioning, investigating, reasoning, and responsible action.
  • Disciplinary concepts make use of social science ideas, principles, and content to pursue answers to the questions generated by student inquiries.


To contact the Social Sciences Department, please call (847) 859-8037. To reach a specific member of the Curriculum & Instruction Team, please visit our staff directory and search 'Curriculum & Instruction Department'.