the social sciences is to
prepare students to be informed, productive,
responsible, and conscientious citizens in our democratic society and inter
All courses offer a comprehensive, standards
based curriculum rooted in the study
of the geographic, historical, social, cultural, political, and economic forces that have shaped our
nation and the world. Students are required
to gain the knowledge and wisdom necessary to
understand current domestic and international conditions and events.
The integration of
based knowledge will support critical thinking and social skills to foster democratic
values and encourage civic
participation. The social sciences will provide the needed skills to
grow and mature in a global society. This will enable students to recognize that human activities
and opinions are widely diverse and that the study of society requires an appreciation
All courses and levels are steeped in
inquiry and interdisciplinary project based
instruction, and require students to draw conclusions and to communicate ideas and analyses in
a variety of ways that include verbal and written modes. Students will also have the opportunity
to think analytical
ly, critically and creatively to solve problems, judge arguments and make
decisions. All students will embark upon projects that involve the introduction and development
of historically based research and writing as a core requirement and some that culminate in a
formal history or social science research paper.
Pre-Diploma International Studies (Grade 9)
The 9th grade Social Studies course focuses on the changing relationships between
human beings and their environments, past, present, and future, and to appreciate diverse
beliefs and values in order to foster international mindedness. The course is designed to
a student’s understanding of the role of religion, history, human geography, economics, and
government in the interactions of people throughout the world.
Areas of study will include the
Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Russia, India, China and
Further, areas of
analysis include the interactions of these areas with their many unique cultures, inclusive of their
geographies and histories.
It will provide the foundations for the 10th grade Pre Diploma Civics
and Government as well
as the International Baccalaureate Route 2 History courses. This course
requires students to engage in the exploration and research of primary and secondary historical
sources and the works of individuals throughout history.
cs and Government (Grade 10)
History is the process of recording, reconstructing and interpreting the past through the
investigation of a variety of sources that promote empathy for, and understanding of, people
living in other societ
ies and time periods. The 10
grade Social Studies curriculum is designed to
develop a student’s understanding of government, civics and the role of the individual in society.
It will extend a student’s knowledge from the 9th
grade International Studies course while
providing a framework for future inquiry into events of the 20th
century. The course includes
foundations of western democracy and society, the evolution of the American style of
government, as well as further exa
mination of the progression of historical and contemporary
examples of major world governments and societies. This course requires students to engage in
the exploration and research of primary and secondary historical sources and the works of
IB HISTORY ROUTE 2
(Grades 11 & 12)
History is more than the study of the past. It is the process of recording, reconstructing and
interpreting the past through the investigation of a variety of sources. It is a discipline that gives
understanding of themselves and others in relation to the world, both past and present.
Students of history should learn how the discipline works. It is an exploratory subject that poses
questions without providing definitive answers. In order to understa
nd the past, students must
engage with it both through exposure to primary historical sources and through the work of
historians. Historical study involves both selection and interpretation of data and critical
evaluation of it. Students of history should
appreciate the relative nature of historical knowledge
and understanding, as each generation reflects its own world and preoccupations and as more
evidence emerges. A study of history both requires and develops an individual’s understanding
of, and empathy
for, people living in other periods and contexts.
IB History Route 2 at the
encompasses the main developments
history, specifically the Causes, Effects and Practices of War.
intense focus in the Americas
from the periods of pre
World War I
through the Cold War and into Post Cold War Era.
The Higher Level course also comprises an
additional intense study of the Americas through the late 21
Century into the millennium.