Social Studies Course Descriptions

Global Studies

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: none

The duration of this course is two semesters. This course lays emphasis upon comparing characteristics of culture via language, literature, the arts, and traditions from various peoples. Also, the student should gain some understanding of the roles and interactions of individuals and groups in a society. Finally, analysis of how social systems form and develop over time in different cultures will be conducted in the course.

The various cultures to be discussed in the course include: numerous African, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, Eastern European, Western European, Japanese, and Chinese.

Honors Global Studies

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: Academic Proficiency

The duration of this course is two semesters. Like Global Studies, this honors course lays emphasis upon comparing characteristics of culture via language, literature, the arts, and traditions from various peoples. Also, the student should gain some understanding of the roles and interactions of individuals and groups in a society. Finally, analysis of how social systems form and develop over time in different cultures will be conducted in the course.

The various cultures to be discussed in the course include: numerous African, Middle Eastern, Indian, Latin American, Eastern European, Western European, Japanese, and Chinese.

This course is academically demanding with a strong emphasis on independent reading/research, as well as classroom discussion and writing.

American Government

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: none

The duration of this required course is two semesters. This course emphasizes understanding and explanation of the basic principles of the United States government. The political and economic systems of the United States and Illinois will also be compared with other systems throughout the world (e.g. United Kingdom, former Soviet Union, etc). Also, analysis of the election process, roles of media and interest groups, and foreign policy and national security of the United States government, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizens will be conducted.

Finally, students will also have to pass a Constitution Exam in order to receive credit for the course. The test will measure the students’ comprehension of the basic document as well as the development of US political ideas and traditions.

Independent research, effective reading and writing skills will be employed during this course. There will also be extensive use of the Internet and periodicals to achieve the course goals.

Geography

Credit: ½
Pre-requisite: at least sophomore standing

Students will be required to have a notebook and folder (preferably with rings or prongs) for this course.

The duration of this course is one semester. This course emphasizes the Five Themes of Geography (Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, and Region). Geography provides an introduction to the study of both physical and human-geography. Along with human and physical geography, particular attention will be to North America (US, Canada, and Mexico), as well as Western Europe.

US History

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: upperclassman standing (taken junior year)

The duration of this course is two semesters. In this course students will apply skills of historical analysis and interpretation to events of US History. Students will gain understanding for the development of significant political events in US History (e.g. colonial rebellion, Independence, two-party system, expansion West, Jacksonian Democracy, sectionalism, Civil War, imperialism, World Wars, the 1960s, and present day). Comprehension of the development/practice of capitalism throughout US History will be required learning. Social and environmental history will also be discussed in the realm of US History.

Students will use primary sources, critical thinking skills, and problem based learning to accomplish the goals of the course.

Honors US History

Credit: 1
Pre-requisite: academic proficiency and upperclassman standing (taken junior year)

The duration of this course is two semesters. In this course students will apply skills of historical analysis and interpretation to events of US History. Students will gain understanding for the development of significant political events in US History (e.g. colonial rebellion, Independence, two-party system, expansion West, Jacksonian Democracy, sectionalism, Civil War, imperialism, World Wars, the 1960s, and present day). Comprehension of the development/practice of capitalism throughout US History will be required learning. Social and environmental history will also be discussed in the realm of US History.

Students will use primary sources, critical thinking skills, and problem based learning to accomplish the goals of the course.
This course is academically demanding with a strong emphasis on independent reading/research, as well as classroom discussion and writing.

Current Events

Credit: ½
Elective Course
Pre-requisite: upperclassman standing

The duration of this course is one semester. Students will be challenged to examine the events, issues, and personalities that are a part of the local, state, national, and international news. These events and associated issues will be studied from a historic, political, economic, cultural, legal, and geographic perspective.

Students will use newspapers, periodicals, and other media to complete course work.

This course is academically demanding with a strong emphasis on independent reading/research, as well as classroom discussion and writing.

Administration

Mr. Charles Stegall
Superintendent, FOIA Officer
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Mrs. Ramie Kolitwenzew
Principal
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Ms. Kate Shutter
Special Education Coordinator
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Mr. Ben O'Brien
Assistant Principal/Dean of Students
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Our Mission

We strive to educate students and to assist them in realizing their full potential as responsible, productive, contributing members of society by providing an educational environment in which students are challenged, excellence is expected and differences are valued.

About Us

St. Anne Community High School serves rural communities in both Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. These rural communities include Papineau, St. Anne, Wichert, Hopkins Park and their surrounding townships. St. Anne Community High School #302 is located in east central Illinois.

The town sits approximately 65 miles south of Chicago and is a short drive to nearby tri-cities Bourbonnais, Bradley, and Kankakee. St. Anne is the ideal setting of a town where the goal for a solid education is shared by all.