Our social studies curriculum is based on award winning units from William & Mary College of Gifted Education. Through an analysis of primary sources, literature, art and music, students discover our connections to the past and its impact on the present.
Lower Elementary, K-2nd
Through the study of ancient civilizations, students analyze the interdependent systems that develop and sustain a civilization. Models of reasoning and document analysis are used to support student understanding. Through stories of ordinary and extraordinary people they explore the human experience and concepts of courage, self-control, justice, heroism, leadership, deliberation, and individual responsibility. They explore civic behavior and learn about the symbols, icons, and songs that reflect our common heritage.
Upper Elementary, 3rd-5th
Students learn more about our connections to the past and the ways in which local, regional and national, government and traditions have developed and left their marks on current society. Students explore the concept of cause and effect and begin intensive document analysis. They learn the unique story of California, including its vast and varied geography, waves of immigration, diversity, economic energy and rapid growth. Students use primary sources in their study of the major events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.
Middle School, 6th-8th
Students use primary sources, literature, art and music to explore America from the 1920s to 1960s. They study Depression-era America from the viewpoints of many different groups of people. American Government and the process of electing a President are explored. They examine the concept of leadership in the context of being a President. Documents and statistics are used to study Presidential elections in American History.