High School Social Studies

The scope and sequence for Social Studies instruction in the Ann Arbor Public Schools is aligned with the State of Michigan High School Content Expectations (HSCE’s).

These content expectations reflect best practices and current research in the teaching and learning of Social Studies and represent a vision for a rigorous and relevant high school experience for all Michigan students. Special attention has been paid to national research and support for the skills that prepare students for successful post-secondary educational engagement and future roles in the work place, including the Standards for Success report Understanding University Success.

Students whose work is guided by these standards and expectations will be prepared for responsible citizenship, post-secondary education, and the workplace. (excerpts from HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES CONTENT EXPECTATIONS            V 10/07            MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION)

For the Classes of 2011 and beyond, three units of credit, including World History & Geography, US History & Geography, United States Government, and Economics, must be earned, in the span of grades 9-12, to meet the graduation requirement.

Course curriculum maps are available for additional information regarding course alignment to state standards.

Typical Social Studies Sequence

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
World History & Geography US History & Geography

US Government


Social Studies Elective


Social Studies Electives

Instructional Interventions for Struggling Students

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  • History, American Studies AC
  • History, Current
  • History, European AP
  • History, US AP
  • History, World in Film
  • Human Geography AP
  • Humanities, African-American History AC
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Psychology, Applied
  • Peer Facilitating
  • Studies, African-American
  • Studies, Gender
  • Studies, Hispanic-American

Other Resources

High School Content Expectations for Social Studies External Link


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