Students constantly face the challenge of understanding themselves, interacting with groups, gaining an awareness of their society and other societies that live differently from their own. The social studies program at Loch Raven High School provides students with a firm base of knowledge to understand and cope with the many challenges of today's world. In addition to required courses in government, world history, and United States history, students may select among many electives including Philosophy, Abnormal Psychology, Film and History, Juvenile justice, Model Government, and Facing History: The Holocaust.
Our social studies offerings are enriched by Advanced Placement courses in European History courses in European History, United States History, Government, Psychology and Economics. Successful completion of these courses may garner students 21 college credits. Loch Raven Students also have the opportunity to participate in content-based extra curricular programs.
Mock Trial - Students, protraying witnesses and lawyers, compete with teams from public and private schools throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. Loch Raven is a typically a "final four" participant.
Model Congress - This activity particularly distinguishes Loch Raven's social studies program from all others in public and private schools. Many of our students participate in the Princeton/Harvard Model Congresses and/or the Goucher Model Senate. Additionally, Loch Raven students annually sponsor the Loch Raven Model Congress, a legislative simulation for 9th grade students from all Baltimore County high schools.