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The Social Studies Department at the High School for Environmental Studies aims to provide students with the solid background they need to become engaged and responsible citizens. Students take Global history during freshman and sophomore years, US History in junior year, and Participation in Government and Economics in senior year. The School has been named a Blue Star school for several years due to its strength in personal finance instruction for seniors taking Economics. Students also have the option to take honors courses at all grade levels, as well as various Advanced Placement classes in Global History in sophomore year, US History in Junior Year, and Government or Macroeconomics in Senior Year.