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Social Studies

Lower School

Our prekindergarten through grade eight social studies curriculum is an intentionally designed, spiralling curriculum, where each year builds on the year before in both content and in skills. Geography/relevant map skills as well as grade appropriate current events occur at all grade levels. The curriculum begins in prekindergarten and kindergarten with the children discussing themselves, their physical characteristics, their home and school surroundings, and the people in their lives. Important holidays are studied and beginning map skills are introduced.

1st Grade - Famous Americans

  • Presidents
  • Scientists (including astronauts and inventors)
  • Authors
  • African Americans
  • Familiarity of 50 states - Getting to know your country!

2nd Grade - Indigenous People

  • Native Americans - addressing locations of Native Americans in USA
  • Africa
  • Alaska

3rd Grade - Asian Cultures
(a general overview of the region will introduce this vast, diverse continent)

  • India
  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea/Philippines/Thailand

4th Grade - United States History

  • States/capitals
  • Pennsylvania history
  • Colonies
  • American Revolution
  • Constitution
  • Civil War

5th Grade
- Beginning in September 2018 (Currently, due to the enhancements in our social studies curriculum, students are studying United States history since ancient civilizations had been previously taught in an earlier year.)

Ancient Civilizations

  • Mesopotamia
  • Egypt
  • Greece
  • Rome

Middle School

6th Grade - Seven Social Sciences

  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology/Culture
  • Behavioral Sciences/Psychology

7th Grade - Global Studies

  • Europe
  • Islam/Comparative Religions in the Middle East
  • Arab/Israeli relations
  • China (differs from 3rd grade by examining contemporary issues)
  • Space Program (coordination with Science and the seventh grade Florida trip)
  • Diplomacy and the United Nations

8th Grade - American Studies

  • Principles of American Democracy
  • Age of Big Business
  • World War I
  • 1920s and Independent Internationalism
  • World War II
  • Cold War
  • Vietnam