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 our students 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.
The curriculum in Fourth Grade focuses on geography and Virginia history. Students examine the motives behind exploration and settlement and the key events during the Elizabethan Age that encouraged England to settle in the New World. The study of Virginia history continues with the early colonization of America and culminates with an overnight field studies trip to Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne.