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The Social Studies Department provides students with opportunities to improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills through historical and current case studies.  Students will learn to think critically, defend their positions with evidence, and engage in civil discourse.  All students will participate in a Geography course freshman year, a World History course sophomore year, an American History course junior year, and American Government senior year.  A wide variety of electives gives Wildcats a chance to learn in depth about groups in our society (Sociology), individual personality and brain (Psychology), crime (Criminal Justice), our federal monetary system (Economics and AP Economics), and how to think (Philosophy).

West Chicago Community High School was one of the first in the state to be recognized as an Illinois Democracy School and is also the only school in Illinois recognized as a Whole School Model for Civic Education by the Civic Mission for Schools.  The video below highlights why WCCHS was chosen for those honors.

The Social Studies teachers are listed on the right side of this page, along with their contact information and links to the Google Sites pages for their courses.  To access the Google Site, simply click on the name of the course.

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Social Studies 2021-22

Personal Finance Challenge

Congratulations to our Illinois State Champion Personal Finance Challenge Team! Congratulations to the team on their 2nd place finish at the National competition!

Illinois Personal Finance Challenge State Champions!

Video about the state competition for the Illinois Personal Finance Challenge, featuring the West Chicago team.

Sponsor Candace Fikis and the team
Lisa Willuweit Division Head
(630) 876-6450
Nick Caltagirone
(630) 876-6452  American History, AP World History,   Philosophy  
John Chisholm
(630) 876-6456  
Brigid Clark
(630) 876-6453    American Government, Psychology,  Topics in Modern History
Hollie Donovan
(630)876-6457    American History, World Geography  
Candace Fikis
(630) 876-6454    American Government    AP Macroeconomcis    Economics 
Bobbi Felfle
(630) 876-6462    American Government    Sheltered American Government  
Michael Frost
Sheltered Topics in Modern History, Topics in Modern History, World Geography
Jaime Garcia
(630) 876-6391    American History   Spanish Language American History  
Maggie Haas
(630) 876-6459    AP Human Geography    Criminal Justice     Sociology    
Chris Lukas
(630) 876-6461    American History    Core Lab, Topics in Modern History
Mitch McKenna
(630) 876-6465    Core Lab     World Geography   
Hector Salgado
(630) 876-6588    Bilingual Topics    Bilingual World GeographySheltered World Geography   
Elizabeth Thottupuram
Sheltered World Geography, World Geography   
Sandra Wilson
(630) 876-6463    Topics in Modern History, Essentials of World Geography, World Geography
Joe Zeman
(630) 876-6453    American History      Criminal Justice