Social Science Department
The Social Science curriculum is designed to help each student develop intelligent and responsible citizenship. Teachers provide classroom experiences which will help students learn about democratic ideas and values. To be worthwhile, the knowledge of our heritage from the past must be matched with knowledge of today’s problems.
Four years of social science and history are offered at Maine East High School. District 207 requires three years of Social Science classes for graduation. At Maine East, all freshmen enroll in History of Western Civilization. During the junior year all students must enroll in two semesters of United States History (or American Studies). During the senior year all students must enroll in at least one semester of Government. Government/Democracy Accelerated is a one-year course. Satisfactory completion of both United States History and Government is a requirement for graduation. In addition, all students must pass a state-mandated examination on the U. S. Constitution, Illinois Constitution and Flag Code for graduation. These tests are administered in the Government courses.