Social Studies incorporates the study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the Lower School program, Social Studies provides a coordinated, systematic study drawing upon geography, history, economics and political science and relevant content from language arts, mathematics and the sciences. The primary purpose of social studies is to help young people develop the ability to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. To lay the foundation, from grades JK-4, the school year begins with students and teachers establishing the classroom community and students learning what it means to be a good citizen.
At this level, Social Studies is integrated with other content areas to achieve broader understanding. In first grade, the Social Studies curriculum introduces the structures of schools and families. Students learn how to get along with classmates, follow School rules and identify people who work at a school. Through engaging activities, students examine maps and their symbols and are introduced to directionality.