Social Studies

Social studies is taught to all students at HES, grades K-5. The curriculum combines the learning of content and skills in the study of history, geography, economics, civics, and government. Our social studies curriculum draws on many disciplines and integrates them.

While encouraging respect for differences in home backgrounds, the social studies curriculum at HES nurtures students’ sense of their common ground as present or future American citizens and prepares them for responsible participation in our school’s and civic life. It also emphasizes the development of the political principles and institutions of Western civilization as well as preparing students to understand the world outside the United States.

The social studies curriculum at HES was devised from the History and Social Science Curriculum Framework published by the Massachusetts Department of Education in December 2003.

Currently a team of teachers at HES is re-examining our social studies curriculum to align it by grade level.

Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.