• Scientific literacy is an important pathway to becoming a responsible adult citizen. At VHEC we foster an interest in science, as well as an ability to use scientific processes and principles to solve problems and to make informed decisions. Like science content, social studies content helps students to think critically and analytically and to use technology to both extend and communicate what they are learning. Whenever possible, we use an inquiry-based approach in these academic areas to nurture students’ curiosity, depth of knowledge, and mastery of thinking skills.