WJ Social Studies Department
The Walter Johnson Social Studies Department offers courses ranging from history and government to the study of law and psychology in support of the MCPS curriculum goal to help create historically literate and well informed citizens who actively participate in a democratic society.
Visit the MCPS web for information about the social studies curriculum in high school. For descriptions of social studies classes offered at WJ visit the WJ Online Course Bulletin
Click here for the list of Social Studies Department staff
WJ Social Studies Awards
Each year, the faculty of the Social Studies Department presents three special awards to members of the graduating class at the End-of-Year Awards Ceremony. These awards are the Richard M. Baxter Memorial Award, Schroeder Award and the Walsh and Stout Award.
There is also The Greenblatt Award for a deserving junior.
The Richard M. Baxter Memorial Award
This award honors the memory of Mr. Richard M. Baxter, a member of the Social Studies Department at Walter Johnson for eight years, and his dedication to teaching and to history. A small scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving Walter Johnson High School graduating senior who has demonstrated outstanding aptitude for and interest in studying history, and/or entering the education profession.
The William E. Schroeder Award for
Academic Excellence in the Social Sciences
This award recognizes outstanding academic excellence in the pursuit of a social science education over the student's four years at Walter Johnson. The number of courses (including AP and other electives) taken and the student's achievement in each class is examined. An interest on the part of the student in pursuing the social sciences in college is also considered.
The James J. Walsh & John M. Stout Social Studies Award
This award recognizes outstanding commitment to the field of social studies over the student's four years at Walter Johnson. The number of courses taken and the student's apparent interest in the discipline are examined. A desire on the part of the student in pursuing the social sciences in college is also considered.
The Greenblatt Award for
Outstanding Performance in Social Studies
This award is given to a junior at each public high school in Montgomery County to recognize significant achievement in Social Studies. The prize is named in honor of Marian Greenblatt, member of the County Board of Education 1976-1984.