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.

Students in second grade widen their global perspective by studying communities, cultures and geography from other parts of the world. Students compare their own lives to the lives of children around the globe. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to compare and contrast world holidays with their own. A nonfiction unit on the biographies of historical figures is integrated with Language Arts and provides students the opportunity to apply skills across content areas.