In alignment to District 300’s central mission, to ensure all students are college and career ready upon graduation, students who graduate from our schools will be able to use social studies skills to understand the world around them, critically examine sources to develop a claim, participate in civil conversations about topics, and become active participants in their nation and community.
Elementary social studies instruction allows students to become more prepared for the challenges of college, career and civics. Students will learn to interpret maps, examine sources, and will be exposed to concepts in history, geography, civics, and economics through experiences in the social sciences. Social studies instruction will also help support literacy skills through critical reading and writing instruction.
Middle school social studies instruction exposes students to the ancient world and the history of the United States. Through these topics, students will engage experiential learning in concepts related to history, geography, civics, and economics. Additionally, students will develop research skills that will enable them to address a questions by finding, evaluating, and using sources to develop and communicate a claim.
High school social studies instruction explores history, geography, civics and economics through required courses and a variety of electives available to students. Students will enhance their skills to develop their own research topics and communicate their findings to the larger community. Students will become critical consumers of information and active members of their society.