The Elementary Social Studies program introduces students to important concepts from history and social science through integrated study of children and their families, homes, schools, neighborhoods and the communities where they live. Students explore cultural differences and similarities and learn tolerance within the context of the classroom and school environment.
Elementary students examine the regions of New Jersey and the United States by investigating geography, history, economics and culture. Students gain knowledge that culture, both past and present, is influenced by many factors including geography and natural resources. Students are introduced to the foundation of government and civics. They learn to be productive citizens by identifying the basic skills of conflict resolution, which are necessary for solving and resolving daily conflicts.
The Middle School Social Studies program focuses on the study of ancient civilizations of the world and United States history from colonization to 1870. Students complete learning activities embedded in the program, which include oral and written presentations, media research, field trips, distance learning, composition writing and the discussion of current events. Students continue to develop techniques in conflict resolution and learn to constructively express opinions.
The High School Social Studies program explores American History, World History and Economics. Students become historically literate, learn to think critically, develop an informed opinion and enhance cultural awareness.
World History investigates the history of humans and the creation of cultures around the world. The course focuses on important themes, ideologies and concepts including government, religious systems, economics, cultural interaction, environment and revolution. Students develop critical thinking, analytical and interpretive skills. They analyze challenges and issues that have a historic past and remain a reality in today's world.
U.S. History I investigates key social, political, economic and geographical developments from the 17th to the 19th century utilizing factual knowledge and in-depth analysis of primary and secondary sources. Students examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States during the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students study the basic framework of American Democracy and the basic concepts of the American government.
U.S. History II analyzes the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution and America's role in international relations. Students study the goals and accomplishments of the Progressive Movement and the New Deal. They learn the various factors that led to America's entry into World War I and World War II and their consequences. Students evaluate global and cultural issues through historical and current contexts and develop the ability to make informed decisions as a citizen of a culturally diverse, democratic society.
Economics equips students with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand the mechanics and functions of the American economic system. Key elements include the study of scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national income, determination, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, trade and interdependence and comparative economic systems.