All seventh grade students will take a course in Social Studies. The first semester of the course will concentrate on the study of Arkansas History, while the second semester will consist of a general overview of Social Studies topics. The Social Studies Department will also host the annual National Geographic Society's Geography Bee for seventh and eighth graders.
Arkansas History provides a study of the history of Arkansas. The course addresses the geographic features and economics of our state, focusing on political, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments that have occurred over time. This course is more rigorous than Arkansas History in grades K-6. The one-semester course stresses application, problem-solving, higher-order thinking skills, and use of classroom performance based/open-ended assessments with rubrics.
Social Studies provides a general overview of social sciences and humanities. The course addresses the four strands of the Social Studies frameworks for the state of Arkansas, including the study of geography, civics, history, and economics. The one-semester course makes use of audio tapes, magazines, videos, technology, and student projects to enrich the program. With our world growing smaller each day, thanks to better communication, Social Studies takes on added importance. Our students will be better citizens if they understand the world in which they live.
All eighth grade students will take a course in Social Studies. This class lasts the entire school year and it is a mandatory course. The course addresses the four strands of the Social Studies frameworks for the state of Arkansas, including the study of world geography, civics, world history, and economics. We should always keep in mind that we must learn from our past to prepare for our future.
All ninth grade students will take a course in Civics. Civics provides a study of the structure and functions of the United States government, the government of Arkansas, and political institutions. Civics also examines constitutional principles, the concepts of rights and responsibilities, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the application, problem-solving, higher-order thinking skills, and the use of classroom performance-based/open-ended assessments with rubrics. One year of Civics or Civics/Government is required by the Standards for Accreditation for Smart Core graduates.