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Social Studies

Victoria East High School Social Studies Department


The goal of the Social Studies Department at Victoria East High School is to help students develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.  Academic Social Studies Courses at Victoria East consist of the following core subjects: World Geography, World History, U.S. History (from 1877 to the present), U.S. Government and Economics, and also includes Humanities and Social Science electives such as Psychology and Sociology. Our vision for social studies education is to develop an educated populace of good character. Instrumental to this vision are courses founded in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards and taught by educators committed to rigorous educational opportunities for all students.

VEHS Social Studies Pre-Advanced Placement and Advanced Placement Courses
  • Pre-AP World Geography
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP World History
  • AP European History
  • AP Psychology
  • AP United States History
  • AP United States Government and Politics
  • AP Microeconomics

Action Civics Initiative

To prepare students for college, career, and civic life, we would like to highlight a few programs and organizations. Inclusion in this list does not indicate any official endorsement by the Victoria Independent School District.

National Council for the Social Studies and the Victoria East High School Social Studies Department are a part of the Action Civics Initiative, a non-partisan network of 28 organizations. Action Civics is a student-centered, project-based approach to civics education that develops the individual skills, knowledge, and dispositions necessary for effective citizenship. The Action Civics Initiative promotes four strategies based on community needs: student voice; deliberation; real-world interactions with civic officials and processes; and strong instructor support. These organizations include:  

The American Bar Association


The Albert Shanker Institute


The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools


The Center for Civic Education


The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement


The Civic Engagement Research Group


The Constitutional Rights Foundation


Discovering Justice


Earth Force

Facing History and Ourselves

Generation Citizen




The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life


The Lou Frey Institute of Politics & Government


The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics


The McCormick Foundation


The Mikva Challenge


National Association of Student Councils


Opportunity Youth United


Participatory Budgeting Project


Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

Street Law, Inc.

Student Voice

Teach For America

Youth Build