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Social Science and History
At Charlottesville City Schools, the History and Social Science programming is committed to teaching accurate history and promoting responsive inquiry in our K-12 social studies classrooms. Our classes develop inquiry skills in analysis, writing, critical reading, research, and collaboration. These skills support students in their academics as they become citizens for a democratic society.
Through real-life and virtual field trips, guest speakers, original research, project-based learning, and special resources such as the National Geographic Giant Maps, our students engage with history, culture, geography, government, current events, and more.
In recent years, Charlottesville City Schools has made a commitment to incorporating more diverse and local voices in our social science classes. We are one of six Virginia school divisions participating in a “Changing the Narrative” project with Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Virginia Humanities, and other partners. To learn more, consider these articles:
- “Charlottesville School Board adopts equity policy” (also features information about Changing the Narrative), Daily Progress, 7 Nov. 2019.
- “History lesson: Local educators help expand Virginia’s African American history curriculum,” C-VILLE Weekly, 6 Nov. 2019.
- “Local History Curriculum School Board presentation,” You Tube video beginning at 35:36, 7 Nov. 2019.
- “Albemarle, Charlottesville kick off history curriculum update,” Daily Progress, 27 Sept. 2019.
- “Telling All the Stories: The People and Places Working to Restore Charlottesville’s African American History.” Cville Weekly, 6 Feb. 2019.
- See information about the Changing the Narrative project posted by Virginia Humanities.
Family Pacing Guides on K-4:
Use these resource guides to explore your child’s curriculum and stimulate family discussion.
Course Offerings in Grades 5-12:
- See “History and Social Science” in Program of Studies.
Dr. Alicen Brown, 434-245-2826