Understanding the World
The interconnected nature of the world makes in depth, relevant social studies instruction essential for all students. We provide academic and authentic learning opportunities that spark interest in the social studies and enhance students’ abilities to understand the world around them.
Des Moines Public Schools offers a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to learning in the social studies with courses in disciplines including history, government, economics, and contemporary studies. All of our courses are aligned to standards from both state and national levels.
Our goal is to graduate students who are informed, active, and responsible citizens in their communities – from the school community to the neighborhood, city, state, nation and world.
For an overview of social science objectives and courses at the elementary, middle and high school levels, please visit the appropriate link in the menu to the right.