HCPS Social Studies Course Offerings


Social Studies 6 - U. S. History to 1877

This course is a web-linked course, designed for sixth-grade students, which traces the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Pre-Columbian times to 1877. While focusing on political and economic history, this course will provide students with a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States history to 1877. Students and teachers will utilize web sites, presentation software, virtual tours, and online resources as a regular practice of this course.

Social Studies 7 - U. S. History 1877 to present

This course is a web-linked course, designed for seventh-grade students, completing a two-year study of American history that began in grade six. Seventh graders continue to learn fundamental concepts in civics, economics, and geography in the context of United States history. Teachers are encouraged to use simulations, class debates, projects, or other innovative techniques to make the students' learning experiences lively and memorable. Instruction will include reviewing and strengthening map and globe skills as well as skills in interpreting and using information, and historical thinking skills.

Social Studies 8 - Civics and Economics

Civics and Economics is a course designed for 8th grade students to learn about the role of the citizen in the American political and economic systems. The focus is on gaining essential knowledge of the United States at the national, state, and local levels. Students will also learn the basic principles, structure, and operation of the American economy. This course is intended to foster patriotism, respect for the law, a sense of civic duty, and informed economic decision making. Social science skill development extends into quantative data organization and interpretation.

World History and Geography I

This course is designed for ninth grade students and covers world history and geography from prehistory to 1500 AD . The course will emphasize how people in various cultures influence, and are influenced by, their physical and ecological environments. While focusing on people, places and patterns of life from pre-history to 1500 AD, students will compare the locations and cultures of empires in Europe,Asia, Africa and the Americas. Significant attention will be given to the ways in which scientific and technological revolutions created new economic conditions that in turn produced social and political changes. Using texts, maps, pictures, stories, diagrams, charts, and a variety of chronological, inquiry/research, and technological skills, students develop competence in chronological thinking, historical comprehension, and historical analysis.

World History and Geography II

This course is a web-linked course, designed for tenth-grade students, which traces the historical development of World History and Geography from 1500 A.D. to the present. While focusing on people, places and patterns of life from about 1500 to the present, students will compare the locations, interactions, and cultures of nations and empires in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Students and teachers will utilize web sites, presentation software, virtual tours, and online resources as a regular practice of this course.

Virginia and U. S. History

This course is a web-linked course, designed for eleventh-grade students, which traces the historical development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to the present. While focusing on political and economic history, this course will provide students with a basic knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people, and events in United States history. Students and teachers will utilize web sites, presentation software, virtual tours, and online resources as a regular practice of this course.

Virginia and U. S. Government

The Virginia Standards of Learning and the Henrico County Essentials of the Curriculum for the study of United States and Virginia Government will ensure that graduates understand the origins and workings of the American and Virginia political systems. These standards and essentials require that students have knowledge of the United States and Virginia Constitutions; the structure and operation of the United States and Virginia governments; the process of policy-making, with emphasis on economics, foreign affairs, and civil rights issues; and the impact of the general public, political parties, interest groups, and the media on policy decisions. United States political and economic systems are compared to those of other nations, with emphasis on the relationships between economic and political freedoms. Economic content covers the United States market system, supply and demand, and the role of the government in the economy.

Facilitated Online Virginia and U. S. and Government

This is the same class as Virginia and U.S. Government, but a summer, online version. The course is done through SchoolSpace.