Dr. Jeremy Nix Director - K-5
Kathy Sanchez Director - 6-12
Description of Program
Gwinnett County Public Schools' social studies program is designed to prepare students to participate as constructive citizens in a democratic society. Student mastery of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) is achieved through an authentic K-12 approach integrating discipline-based content with interpretative skills focused on maps and globes, information processing, social participation, and problem solving. Students develop a strong understanding of themselves and their role and responsibility in society by discovering the heritage of their nation within a global context. Opportunities are provided for students to relate the past to the present and to build an awareness of the similarities and differences that exist between the nations and cultures of the world.
All students in kindergarten through 12th grade explore The Human Experience. In grades kindergarten through fifth grade, students Focus on Our Heritage. Students in kindergarten begin their social studies program by focusing on Symbols of America. In first grade, our social studies program looks at the contributions of American Heroes. Our second grade social studies curriculum focuses on the Study of Georgia. At grade three, students begin a three year survey study of American History with a focus on American Indians and European Exploration. The study of American History continues in fourth grade with our American Revolution, the Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction. Our fifth grade continues the study with World War I and II, the Great Depression and 1950 thru the present.
Middle school students examine Challenges in a Global Society. A two-year world studies block gives students in grades six and seven an opportunity to examine relevant contemporary and traditional issues in a global context. Georgia Studies is the topic for eighth grade as students explore their state through both a historical and modern perspective relative to both national and international issues.
In 9th Grade World Geography, students earn elective credit. Core courses required for graduation begin with 10th Grade World History, followed by 11th Grade U.S. History and conclude with Economics and Political Systems. Students are also encouraged to select elective courses based on interest and aptitude. Sociology, Philosophy, Controversial Issues, Psychology, Law, and Contemporary Issues are available for elective credit. Also, students may take Advanced Placement (AP) courses: Human Geography, U.S. History, European History, American Government, Comparative Government, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Psychology, and World History.