Dr. Jeremy Nix Director - K-5
Shirelle Tubbs 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 responsibilities 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.
Elementary students learn about the history, geography, economy, and government of the United States. In kindergarten, students learn about American symbols and the diverse ways holidays are celebrated in our nation. In first grade, students explore the contributions of Americans from the colonial period to the twentieth century. Our second grade social studies curriculum focuses on the study of Georgia. In third grade, students examine early cultures of American Indians, the exploration of North America, and the 13 colonies. The study of American History continues in fourth grade with the American Revolution, principles of government, Westward Expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. In fifth grade, students study global conflicts such as world wars and the Cold War as well as national events and movements of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Middle school students examine the challenges within 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, including the history, geography, and government.
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 American Government & Civics. Students are also encouraged to select elective courses based on interest and aptitude. Psychology, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Personal Financial Literacy, Contemporary Issues, Controversial Issues, Philosophy, and Law 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.
Visit the Instructional Resources and Support page for more information on core and supplemental resources.