Social Studies Department

Last Updated: 3/9/2022 7:22 PM

The social studies department at Pike High School offers an assortment of history, geography, and other courses in the social sciences to help young people 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. A typical course of study would include:

Ninth Grade

Freshmen at Pike High School take either world geography, or one of our various world history classes. Students who were in the pre-advanced placement track in middle school should consider taking the AP World History course. Advanced students who are unsure taking on the rigor of an AP class in their first semester of high school should consider taking Honors World History. Freshmen who do not opt for an advance class will take either World History or World Geography. It is important to note that upperclassmen may also take AP World History.

Tenth Grade

Sophomores at Pike High School are not required to take a social studies course. However, those who are interested may think about taking one of the electives described below. Many students who are successful in AP World History may decide to take AP U.S. History their sophomore year.

Eleventh Grade

Juniors at Pike High School typically take a U.S. History class. Successful completion of the AP U.S. History course can secure college credit. Students may also get college credit for successfully completing Dual Credit U.S. History. Students who have already completed AP U.S. History may decide to take AP European History.

Twelfth Grade

Seniors at Pike High School who are pursuing a Core-40 diploma or higher should take both Government and Economics. Each of these is a one-semester course. Advanced students who want to earn college credit may take AP Government or AP Economics. There is also a high-level European History class reserved for seniors in the IB (International Baccalaureate) track.


Elective social studies classes may be taken at any time throughout high school when a student has an opening for a class he or she would like to choose. The social studies department at Pike High School offers elective classes that are both full-year and one-semester courses. Full-year courses include AP Psychology and AP Human Geography. Successful students may earn college credit in both of these classes. One-semester electives include Psychology and Sociology. There is also an African American History class that consists of two semesters that may be taken independently of each other. The first semester includes the African American experience through the Civil War. The second semester focuses on the late 19th century through today.


Naturalization Examination Results (IC 20-30-5-7(d))

In accordance with Indiana state law, Pike High School administers the naturalization test required of immigrants seeking American citizenship to all Government students each semester.

During the fall semester of the 2021-22 school year 205 students took the test with 152 students passing. The pass percentage rate for Pike High School was 74%.