The Middle School Social Studies program provides students with the foundational knowledge and conceptual framework needed to develop a historical and global perspective. Students learn how to think deeply and become active participants in the learning process. The program also teaches and scaffolds core skills in three areas at age-appropriate levels across the curriculum. Social Studies at Kew-Forest teaches students analytical skills, including interpretation, synthesis, comparison, causation, argumentation, contextualization, continuity and change over time, and periodization. Students also strengthen their evaluation skills, such as: critical reading, assessing the validity of opinions, and making informed and reasoned judgments supported by evidence. Finally, Social Studies students learn communication skills: effective written and verbal communication, and collaboration with emphasis on working in pairs and in small groups.
The Social Studies program also seeks to encourage young people to understand and respect cultural diversity including viewpoints and values different from their own, teaching students to view the world from a historical and global perspective. We promote civic competence in our democratic society by encouraging young people to think about how to make informed and reasoned decisions for the public good, while preparing young people to become fully engaged global citizens. Our teachers equip students with the core skills and foundational knowledge needed for high school social studies courses.