77% of WHS students who took AP exams in 2015 scored a (3) or higher on the exam.

Social Studies

Philosophy Statement

Waukee students will be inspired to actively participate in a global society as informed citizens and problem-solvers by connecting the past to the present in order to shape the future.

Curriculum Update

The K-12 social studies curriculum was reviewed during the 2013-14 school year. Committee members at all levels reviewed the standards, benchmarks and objectives from the IA Core Social Studies Standards. These objectives clearly articulate what we expect all students to know, understand and be able to do.

The elementary committee members explored conceptual units of study to be implemented during the 2014-15 school year for all teachers. These new units create opportunities for students to engage in inquiry-based learning experiences while making connections across disciplines. The big ideas for the units can be found at the following link: K-5 Social Studies – Big Ideas.

The middle school social studies teachers have been exploring literacy skills in their content area, and continue to engage students with opportunities to interact with and analyze a variety of historical texts. The following link provides additional information on the standards for Reading in History/Social Studies (6-12 Standards).

Standards, Benchmarks, Objectives

Standard 1 – Behavioral Sciences
Standard 2 – Economics
Standard 3 – Geography
Standard 4 – History
Standard 5 – Political Science & Civic Literacy
Literacy in Social Studies (6-12)

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