The elementary social studies program builds the foundation for students to use essential social studies knowledge and skills
to think critically, solve problems, and apply learnings to daily life. Students learn to use maps and other
resources as they explore several major focus areas: the community, cultural heritage, and families; the
importance of law and order; the history, economics, government, geography, and multiculturalism of Harford
County; the Chesapeake Bay, the geography and history of Maryland, and the growth of Maryland's industries
and economic role in a global marketplace; and, the history of the United States from pre-1492 to the establishment
of the New Republic. Various resources and real world applications combine to help students develop lifelong
The middle school program extends and enriches the foundation established in the elementary grades, and it builds the knowledge
base necessary for high school courses. Sixth grade students explore global issues in Europe, the Middle
East, the Americas, Japan, and Africa. Seventh grade students focus on ancient history, from the birth of
civilization through the Middle Ages. Eighth grade students study United States history during the 1800's.
Like the elementary program, the middle school program is guided by the essential learnings identified by
the Maryland State Department of Education in the Maryland Content Standards.
The high school program identifies specific courses appropriate for each grade level. Courses for grades nine, ten, and eleven
are aligned with the high school core learning goals defined by the Maryland State Department of Education.
In the ninth grade, students explore American government to gain an understanding of the philosophies, principles,
and processes of government and citizenship. Students in tenth grade extend the base established in middle
school by studying world history from the Renaissance to the contemporary world. Eleventh grade students
examine the post-Civil War period through the contemporary in Part Three of the History of the United States.
Elective offerings available to high school students in grades ten, eleven, and twelve include Advanced Placement
courses which cover a range of topics within the social sciences. Many of these offerings prepare students
for the variety of college courses typically required of freshmen and sophomores.