Our goals are to build a historical context for understanding modern issues, to examine the interconnectedness of history, and to become active, informed global citizens. Students will explore the tensions between the wants and needs of individuals and groups, and concepts such as fairness, equity, and social justice. Through active discussion, written communication, and leadership opportunities, students are exposed to varied perspectives and gain confidence to develop and voice their own opinions. In social studies, students at Forest Ridge will participate in discourse that develops an appreciation for United States culture along with an understanding of the broad spectrum of cultures, experiences, and accomplishments that characterize today's world. The department fosters opportunities to contribute to the global community and develop active citizenship. Furthermore, the curriculum is designed to build skills and attitudes that will assist our students in further academic study. These include evaluation of and access to varied sources, constructive discussion and debate, oral presentations, technological competency, analytical writing, and research.