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6th Grade – Social Studies draws from disciplines of archaeology, economics, geography, history, philosophy, political science, and sociology. The sixth grade curriculum covers prehistoric man, ancient civilizations, and medieval times. Among the civilizations that may be covered during the year are Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India and China. In the process of exploring these civilizations, students compare and contrast their own present lives with the pasts of these great civilizations. They will also cover many of the World Religions including Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity, as well as the Holocaust. The study of World Religions and the Holocaust will help the students gain perspective as well as an appreciation of individual differences.

7th Grade – World Geography, the study of geography in our rapidly changing world, is of undeniable importance. This course will begin to explore these issues. In addition, the prospect of new world markets and emerging industrial countries is having a tremendous impact on world politics economics, environments and societies. This course will center on the study of Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, and China.

8th Grade – The eighth grade Social Studies curriculum is a study of Civics that focuses on the structure and functions of government at the federal, state, and local levels. Also studied at this level is the American Colonial and Revolutionary periods, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement, and women’s suffrage movement, which expanded democratic participation.

Department Supervisor: Robert Becker