Social Studies

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 spend their middle school years tracing the global history of humankind from its beginnings to the modern day. They focus on ancient civilizations from around the world, and the rise and fall of the ancient empires and cultures, from Greece and Rome to India and China. They study the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Enlightenment around the world, and will continue on through the early modern and modern eras. Students study cultures across multiple continents, and learn to place all of these cultures on one interconnected global timeline. In doing so, students consider “big picture” issues about cause and effect in historical events, the connections between cultures, different forms of government, the influence of social class, gender, and race, and the development and impact of various religions. By the end of their middle school education, students will become thoughtful and engaged global citizens through their understanding of world history.