Social Studies

News and Announcements

  • Emery Estate Scholarships
    Applications for Emery Estate Scholarships are due on October 15, 2019. Click HERE to complete the application.
  • New Trier government students travel to Wisconsin to learn about election process
    Winnetka, Ill. - A group of New Trier High School government students recently experienced a real-life lesson in electoral politics as they canvassed neighborhoods and engaged Wisconsin voters on behalf of the Democratic and Republican parties.
  • New Trier Debate to host 115 teams for annual tournament
    Over 115 debate teams from 38 schools representing 17 states will roam the halls of New Trier's Winnetka campus next weekend, October 12-13, for the annual Trevian Invitational Policy Debate Tournament hosted by the school's debate team. Instead of competing, New Trier debaters will gain unique experience as they work to maintain an efficient tournament and exhibit hospitality.


The social sciences are in search of patterns which reflect human experience. Laws, languages, institutions, arts, industries, political experiments, economic theories, religious quests and military ambitions - all project the image of that experience. The social studies offerings provide insights about what has been, what is and what might be, and develop in students a curiosity about and sensitivity to the environment in which they live. All the courses in the Social Studies Department have been developed to raise questions. Furthermore, the courses challenge students to assess and interpret and provide a framework for recognizing and accepting responsibility as individuals and as citizens.