NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES (NCSS) defines social studies as:
“…the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.” The following areas of emphasis are covered as students transition throughout the lower school experience.
Kindergarten: Classroom Community, Around the World
1st Grade: Geography, American Heroes
2nd Grade: Economics
3rd Grade: Our Great State
4th Grade: States and Capitals, Native Americans, Famous Explorers
5th Grade: Colonial Times, The American Revolution, Schools Around the World