Social Studies Program
The Social Studies Program, PreK-12, focuses on the
Elementary Social Studies
The elementary program, K-5, introduces students to the relationship of the individual to primary social groups: family, school, and community. Students are also introduced to basic economic principles, civic duties and responsibilities, famous Americans, and basic world geography. Grade 4 students begin a formal study of American history with a focus on Connecticut and New England. Grade 5 students study American history examining the American Revolution, Westward Movement, and Civil War/Reconstruction.
Instructional Specialist for Elementary Social Studies
Phone: 860-622-5059 BoE
Phone: 860-622-5000 Pitkin School
Secondary Social Studies
The Social Studies Program is designed to help students acquire logical and critical thinking skills in order to face a future of rapidly increasing change. All courses include instructional objectives that are theme-based and aligned with Common Core State Standards. Students are consistently assessed to monitor their ability to read and write effectively.
The middle school social studies program supports your child’s development as a life-long learner, critical thinker, and responsible citizen. Your child will be exposed to themes that allow for individual growth and global connections.
The content of all high school social studies courses is organized according to ten National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies. These themes represent a way of organizing knowledge about the human experience in the world.
At both the middle and the high school, the units of study for social studies courses have been aligned to Common Core State Standards, and as such, your child will continue their growth as readers and writers.
The goal of the social studies department is to ensure your child develops:
- Knowledge of concepts, themes, and information from history and social studies to promote understanding of our nation and our world
- Competence in literacy, inquiry and research skills to analyze, evaluate and present history and social studies information
- Civic competence in analyzing historical issues and current problems requires to synthesize information, skills and perspective
Department Head Social Studies
Phone: (860) 622-5276
Fax: (860) 622-5225