The Social Science and Civic Engagement Department helps students build the skills, knowledge and habits necessary to effectively contribute to and participate in the social, political, and economic life of their communities and world. Our mission is to build transformational schools that ignite curiosity, promote agency, and elevate active participation in our democracy.

Read our implementation plan for CPS: Ready to Engage: Preparing the Next Generation to Participate in Civic and Community Life

Service Learning

Service learning is a proven civic education practice that extends learning into the community and builds a strong sense of agency among young people.

Student Voice

Student Voice Committees (SVCs) form crucial student-adult partnerships to help address issues facing schools today. By engaging students in the decision making process, SVCs seek to improve school culture and climate, and develop youth civic leadership skills.

Civics Course

Learn about the Participate civics course and curriculum, partner organizations, student events, and professional development opportunities that support our expanded state graduation requirements for civics learning.

Social Science (k-12)

The Department of Social Science offers instructional support, guidance on curriculum development and resources that help enrich and broaden learning experiences for students in the classroom and beyond.

Financial Education

Our Financial Education coursework is designed to ensure that Chicago students graduate with the knowledge and skills to make informed personal financial decisions and to participate effectively in the economy. These skills will lead to a future of financial empowerment.


Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY) engages high school students in a place-based environmental science program in the Calumet Region, which connects classroom learning to outdoor stewardship.

Department of Social Science & Civic Engagement
501 W. 35th St., Chicago, IL 60616

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