Social Studies


The main goal of Social Studies is to develop thoughtful, responsible, active citizens who are able to acquire the requisite information needed to consider multiple perspectives and to make reasoned judgements. The Social Studies curriculum provides students with opportunities as citizens to critically reflect upon events and issues in order to examine the present, make connections to the past, and consider the future.

Social Studies Department Members

Mr. Jozsef Budai
Ms. Dana Dunne (Instructional Leader)
Mr. Rob Kushlick
Ms. Jyoti Panesar
Mr. Richard Rolph
Ms. Sandy Ryant
Ms. Nancy Vangelista
Please click here for the latest edition of the Social Studies Course Offerings for the 2022-2023 school year. For further information please contact Dana Dunne (Instructional Leader).

Grade 8-10 Required Social Studies Courses

Social Studies 8
Social Studies 9
Social Studies 10 or Social Studies 10 Language Adapted

Grade 11 and 12 Social Studies Elective Courses

Once students enter their grade 11 year, they are required to take one Social Studies elective course.  The Social Studies Department offers a variety of elective courses to suit the varied interests and diverse requirements of our students.  Students must choose from 1 of the following in their grade 11 year (but may choose to take as many as they wish):


20th Century World History 12
BC First Peoples 12
Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
Explorations in Social Studies 11
Human Geography 12 (option to take AP Human Geography within this course)
Law Studies 12
Philosophy 12
Physical Geography 12
Psychology 11
Psychology 12
Social Justice 12

Advanced Placement (AP)

Students with strong academic background are able to take AP courses.  Students who complete an AP 12 course in either grade 11 or 12, and write an associated AP exam (in May) can qualify for post-secondary credit at universities and colleges.  See counselors or Social Studies teachers for more details.  There is an extra fee to write each AP exam.

AP Macroeconomics (combo)
AP Microeconomics (combo)
AP Psychology 12