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.
At this level, the curriculum focuses on four components: geography, economics, history, and political science. Through various activities, students approach the curriculum from the perspective of each component and identify ways that they help explain human behavior. Third-graders learn the importance of the contributions made to our communities by diverse cultures. Economics is the emphasis during the second semester. “Economics and Entrepreneurship” focuses on the role of money, needs and wants, goods and services, producers and consumers and advertising.