Social Studies Department

Our students experience the past and learn about the present in social studies classes. Courses focus on the importance of being a responsible, successful citizen in an ever-changing global society. 

Department Chairperson

Kaeppe_Chair.jpgJoshua Kaeppe
Mr. Kaeppe has taught at STA since 1998.
His contact information is 651-683-1555 x 1308 and




Department Chair Overview

The Social Studies Department at Saint Thomas Academy designs its courses to provide a challenging learning environment that promotes academic excellence and recognizes the unique abilities of each student. The Social Studies Department expects each student to:

  • Develop the ability to connect the past and the present by applying methods of historical research; use a variety of sources to demonstrate cause and affect relationships in history.
  • Acquire geographical skills and understand and apply the main themes of geographic analysis.
  • Acquire economic literacy and apply it to U.S. and world economic institutions in order to be an effective citizen and to enhance personal economic decision-making.
  • Acquire political literacy in order to be able to participate effectively in the U.S. democratic process.
  • Be able to evaluate controversial issues and apply this knowledge through debates and other methods of presentation (both written and verbal).
  • Develop a multicultural awareness and sensitivity, recognizing that judgments about people of different cultures are usually shaped and influenced by the standards and values of the culture in which one lives.
  • Develop the competency to acquire, organize, evaluate, and report information for the purposes of solving problems and clarifying issues.

"My favorite class is History, I have learned much more than the textbook contains. The class is engaging and allows students to learn about a wide variety of subjects."

—STA student