The Social Studies program explores the impacts and contribution made throughout history by different societies and cultures. At the lower grades, students learn about current events and the community in which they live, and celebrate holiday traditions around the world. Students in grades K-2 utilize a weekly newspaper, “Studies Weekly” to teach social studies curriculum. Kindergarten stresses citizenship, responsibility, and service to God’s people. Emphasis is placed on learning patriotism and service to others and diversity. Monthly units study historical figures such as Martin Luther King, George Washington, Rosa Parks, and Johnny Appleseed to bring these characters to life for young children.
Grades 4-5 use Pearson’s My World textbooks to enhance their teachings, and grades 6-8 use Pearson and Prentice Hall textbooks. All students are taught critical thinking and collaboration strategies so that they may acquire tools for success in today’s world. Teachers assess students’ progress in social studies using a variety of methods, including progress reports, tests, quizzes, observation, group projects, reenactments, plays, journals, debates, models and class discussions.
A variety of multi-media resources are used in social studies classes. The school has upgraded whiteboards, Smart boards, and Chrome Cast-equipped televisions, iPads, and access to the computer lab and library for collaborative and independent research projects. Teachers use computers, projectors, and televisions to show videos and display images and visuals that reinforce and extend class topics and engage students in learning.