DeKalb County School District

Curriculum & Instruction

Social Studies

email link icon Kimberlyn Weston [ kimberlyn_h_weston@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us ], Coordinator
678.676.0144

1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA  30083
678.676.0229 (fax)

The primary purpose of social studies education is to help students become productive and responsible citizens. The social studies curriculum enables students to develop the ability to make informed decisions that balance concern for individual interests and the public good in a culturally diverse and interdependent world.

An excellent education in social studies is essential to civic competence and the maintenance and enhancement of a free and democratic society. Social studies teaching and learning are powerful when they are meaningful, integrative, value-based, challenging, and active.
-National Council for the Social Studies

Courses

Grades K-5
  • Kindergarten Social Studies
  • Grade 1 Social Studies
  • Grade 2 Social Studies
  • Grade 3 Social Studies
  • Grade 4 Social Studies
  • Grade 5 Social Studies
More information about the elementary social studies curriculum can be found at opens in new window icon https://www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks/Pages/BrowseFrameworks/socialstudiesK-5.aspx [ https://www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks/Pages/BrowseFrameworks/socialstudiesK-5.aspx ]

Grades 6-8
  • 6th Grade World Studies
  • 7th Grade World Studies
  • 8th Grade Georgia Studies
More information about the middle school social studies curriculum can be found at opens in new window icon https://www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks/Pages/BrowseFrameworks/socialstudies6-8.aspx [ https://www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks/Pages/BrowseFrameworks/socialstudies6-8.aspx ]

Grades 9-12
  • American Government
  • World Geography
  • World History
  • United States History
  • Economics
More information about the high school social studies curriculum can be found at opens in new window icon https://www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks/Pages/BrowseFrameworks/socialstudies9-12.aspx [ https://www.georgiastandards.org/Frameworks/Pages/BrowseFrameworks/socialstudies9-12.aspx ]

High School electives, Advanced Placement (AP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses are offered in each school based on students' requests and available staff.

Electives
  • Asian American Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Current Issues
  • United States and Modern World Affairs
  • Constitutional Theory
  • Latin American Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Advanced Placement Courses
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP World History
  • AP United States History
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Government: United States Politics
  • AP Government: Comparative Government
  • AP Psychology
  • AP European History
International Baccalaureate Courses
  • IB 20th Century World History
  • IB Psychology
  • IB History of the Americas

Enrichment

Social Studies students are encouraged to participate in academic competitions throughout the school year. Those competitions include:

  • Social Studies Fair (Grade 5)
  • National History Day (Grades 6-12)
  • Georgia Stock Market Game (Grades 4-12)
  • Law Day (Grades 9-12)
  • Model United Nations (Grades 6-12)
  • Mock State Legislature (Grades 6-12)
  • Mock Trials (Grades 6-12)

Assessment

Students in grades 3 - 8 take the social studies portion of the Criterion Reference Competency Test (CRCT) during the spring of each year. High School students also take state mandated assessments at the end of the United States History and Economics courses in the form of End of Course Tests (EOCT). The Georgia Department of Education provides opens in new window icon study guides [ http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/ci_testing.aspx ] for these exams.