BHS Social Studies Department

Welcome to the Batavia High School Social Studies Department website. Over the course of their four years in high school, students will complete four required courses in our department as well as have the opportunity to take any of our elective course offerings. Additionally, Advanced Placement classes are offered at all four grade levels. Teachers in this department are innovative and seek to challenge students at the highest level. Profiles for each teacher can be found on the navigation on the top left.

Please click on the courses below to learn more information

Required Course Sequence

9th Grade -Cultural Studies

10th Grade - World History

11th Grade - American History

12th Grade - Government

AP Level Offerings

9th Grade - AP Human Geography

10th Grade - AP European History

11th Grade - AP US History

12th Grade - AP Government

Illinois Democracy School

The Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) has recognized Batavia High School as a 2017 Illinois Democracy School. Democracy Schools are recognized for providing students with authentic experiences in the rights, responsibilities, and tensions inherent in living in a constitutional democracy. Member schools receive financial support from the McCormick Foundation to pursue civic learning improvement plans

Social Studies Department Mission Statement

Students will have the historical and cultural knowledge and skills to become well-informed, participating citizens capable of anticipating and meeting the challenges of self-governance in the global community.

To this end, we will develop students’:

o Geographic, historic, cultural and civic awareness.

o Intellectual curiosity to promote lifelong learning.

o Critical reading, critical thinking and formulaic writing skills.

o Ability to objectively analyze and evaluate various sources of information

o Capacity to make links across multiple content areas.

o Ability to incorporate research to support oral and written communication.