SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAM
Social Studies 6 - 8. Social studies instruction incorporates the four strands of history, geography, civics, and economics. Students study American history from exploration to 1877. They learn about the beliefs, contributions, and achievements of significant individuals; they discover how diverse people, different cultures, government, conflict, and a desire for freedom and equality helped build a foundation for American ideals. Students also review for the United States History to 1877 Standards of Learning test.
The seventh grade program surveys United States history since 1877. Important trends in United States history are identified by analyzing the roles of individuals and important events. Students develop historical thinking skills and extend understanding of how geography shapes history.
The eighth grade program prepares students for responsible and productive citizenship. An understanding of government and politics in a democratic republic and the American economy system is emphasized. Students develop an understanding of individual rights and responsibilities; the ideals of liberty, justice, and equity; and the rule of law. Students learn about making choices and recognizing the consequences of personal, political, and economic decisions. Students learn to value individual and group expression, diversity, and the attributes of good citizenship.
World History & Geography Part I. This is the first of a two-year, chronologically organized study of world history and geography. In this first year, students study the world from Pre-History(~6,000 B.C.E) through the Renaissance(~1500 C.E). Students learn about the rise and fall of nations, the ideas of great thinkers, and the lasting influences of different cultures. Students also learn how geography and scientific discovery have affected the history of the world. Critical thinking, research, writing, and group skills are emphasized and refined.
World History & Geography Part II. This is the second of a two-year, chronologically organised study of world history and geography. In this second year, students study the world from the Renaissance(~1500 C.E) through the Present Day. Particular emphasis is placed on the economic and public policy factors that shaped modern history. Critical thinking, research, writing, and group skills are emphasized and refined.
VA, D.C., and U.S. History. The objective of this course is to increase the student's understanding of United States history (the political, economic, social, and cultural growth) including the role of Virginia. While focusing on political and economic history, the students gain a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of dominant movements and events. Students use historical and geographical skills to explore the role of the five institutions of society (church, government, school, family and community) as applied to events, people and ideas
VA, D.C., and US Government. Students study the origins of the American political system and how it works at all levels: national, state and local. Students gain knowledge about the United States and Virginia constitutions and the structure and operation of government institutions. Students examine the process of policy-making, and the impact of the individual and public, political parties, interest groups, and the media on government. The roots of government are traced as far back as the Roman Empire.
Students study the origins of the American political system and how it works at all levels: national, state and local. Students study the United States constitution and analyze the workings of the District of Columbia city government, which is not part of a state system. Students examine the process of policy-making, and the impact of the individual and public, political parties, interest groups, and the media on government. The roots of government are traced as far back as the Roman Empire.