Social Studies Classes Overview

The Social Studies department builds history, geography, civics, and economics skills by creating units of study that follow the Colorado Academic Standards. Like all other subject areas, they backwards plan with end results, or final assessments, in mind. At the beginning of each quarter, teachers identify 3-5 Academic Outcomes that are rooted in the 4 Social Studies areas (history, geography, civics, economy) of the Colorado Academic Standards that will drive instruction and from which teachers will assess student learning. Each grade level has a historical time period or lens, from which students “view” these history, geography, civics, and economics standards. Additionally, students will participate in a number of community service projects as part of social studies class. A major aspect of our social studies curriculum is to guide our students toward a better understanding of themselves and the world around them, while at the same time equipping them to make meaningful contributions to their community.