Social Studies

The goal of the social studies curriculum is to build a historical context for understanding modern issues, to examine the interconnectedness of history, and to become active, informed global citizens.

Students will explore the tensions between the wants and needs of individuals and groups, and concepts such as fairness, equity, and social justice. Through active discussion, written communication, and leadership opportunities, students are exposed to varied perspectives and gain confidence to develop and voice their own opinions.

In social studies, students at Forest Ridge will participate in discourse that develops an appreciation for United States culture along with an understanding of the broad spectrum of cultures, experiences, and accomplishments that characterize today's world. The department fosters opportunities to contribute to the global community and develop active citizenship.

Furthermore, the curriculum is designed to build skills and attitudes that will assist our students in further academic study. These include evaluation of and access to varied sources, constructive discussion and debate, oral presentations, technological competency, analytical writing, and research.

Middle School: 5th-8th Grade

Upper School: 9th-12th Grade

Graduation requirement: 12 bins through the class of 2026 / 9 bins beginning with the class of 2027

*Course offerings are based on student interest and minimum enrollment requirements; therefore, some classes listed may not be offered every school year.