The Sioux Falls School District’s high school social studies curriculum is guided by the South Dakota state standards. These standards define for all students what they must know in the following strands: US History, world history, geography, psychology, sociology, government, and economics.

The curriculum is designed to increase student knowledge of the world and promote greater awareness and appreciation of diversity and cultural elements. The curriculum integrates a text with writing, literature and other resources to make learning more relevant and meaningful. 

The Content and Achievement Standards provide a listing of essential core content to be taught and learned. They are designed to guide the planning of instruction and to anchor the assessment of learning. The Alternate Content Standards for each area expand the developmental spectrum of the S.D. Content and Achievement Standards for students with significant disabilities while guiding instruction and assure all students access to the general education curriculum.