ACSS Membership runs through October of each year and new members joining later than May will be considered members until October of the following year. You can join as a student, an individual or as a school social studies department.


ACSS Individual Annual Membership Fee: $20 – Download individual application form (PDF)
ACSS Student Annual Membership Fee: $10 (Include copy of fee receipt or student ID card, must be a full time student)
ACSS Department Annual Membership Fee: $100 – Department Membership Application (PDF)

NOTE: Membership is not complete until we have received verified payment through PayPal or a check payable to ACSS mailed to:
Membership Chair
P.O. Box 24839
Tempe, AZ 85285

What do I get with my ACSS membership?

Annual Conference: ACSS members receive reduced registration fees for the annual fall conference.

Co-sponsored Events: ACSS with other organizations sponsor mock trials, National History Day, training programs and regional conferences with benefits for members.

Leadership Opportunities: ACSS promotes curriculum development, dissemination of effective teaching strategies, and opportunities to discuss issues. Members are invited to participate in any of these activities either as members of the Board or as volunteers.

Professional Recognition: ACSS honors Programs of Excellence at elementary, middle, secondary and higher education levels. Individuals also are recognized for excellence by the state and local councils.

Publications: ACSS offers a quarterly newsletter which covers activities of state and local organizations, provides creative teaching ideas through “Class Acts,” and publishes other timely information for the field.

More about ACSS
As Social Studies professionals, ACSS and the membership value practices for promoting and supporting quality Social Studies education instruction and strategies including methods that:

  • engage students in active learning
  • relate classroom instruction to real world issues and conditions
  • prepare students to act civilly in an increasingly diverse society
  • help students become ethical problem solvers and reasoned decision-makers
  • prepare students with essential critical thinking skills to live in a rapidly changing world
  • prepare youth for productive and cooperative activity at work and in communities
  • value diversity and promote cultural respect and understanding
  • address controversial issues in a systematic and objective manner, presenting multiple views and perspectives
  • help students develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world

Join the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Download individual application (pdf).

Visit the NCSS website for more information about why you should join: