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Social Studies

Introduction - Kindergarten - Grade 12

DoDEA has adopted the College and Career Ready Standards for History/Social Studies (CCRSH/SS). These new standards are aligned to the College and Career Ready Standards for Literacy (CCRSL) and the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework. Alignment to the C3 Framework promotes the five instructional priorities to:

1) Craft questions that spark and sustain Inquiry
2) Cultivate and nurture collaborative civic spaces
3) Integrate content and skills purposefully
4) Promote literacy practices and outcomes
5) Provide tangible opportunities for taking informed action

Each instructional priority allows teachers to be intentional about supporting students to become ready for college, career, and civic life.

There are four core History/Social Studies courses, considered to be general content, offered at all DoDEA High Schools. DoDEA offers a broad range of elective courses that are both varied in content and assigned by relevance to the region. In some cases electives are available based on the unique expertise of the global DoDEA teaching staff. Please access the course catalog for the full offering of DoDEA History/Social Studies courses or your local High School Guidance Counselor.

DoDEA high school graduates are required to successfully complete 3.0 credits to receive a DoDEA Diploma. The three credits must be earned in US History, World History and Government.

High School Programs - Senate Youth for 11th and 12th grade

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. For more information about the program and program sponsor, please go to: http://ussenateyouth.org/ .

DoDEA students in the Americas apply for the Senate Youth program through their state education agency.  For example:  High school students at Fort Benning apply through the state of Kentucky.  DoDEA students overseas in the Pacific and Europe, apply through DoDEA headquarters.  For the most specific information about the DoDEA protocols for the Senate Youth program, including the student application, please access the DoDEA Senate Youth webpage.


Contact Information

DoDEA Social Studies Instructional Systems Specialist
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400
Email: dodea.social-studies@hq.dodea.edu