Students experience the past and learn about the present in social studies classes in the Hempfield School District. Courses focus on the importance of being a successful United States citizen in an ever-changing global society. Students learn social studies in all grades and progress from studying about themselves and families to understanding cultures abroad.
In middle school students explore Ancient History and begin formal studies in American History. Students are also introduced to the physical and political geography of the various regions studied within the courses. Numerous multimedia materials, various reading texts, and several writing opportunities are employed in examining course content.
The high school curriculum continues a study of American History in ninth and tenth grade focusing on historical, geographic, political, socio-cultural, and economic development of the United States from the 1850s to the present. The role of the United States in a global context is also an important theme of the tenth grade course. In eleventh grade students receive an overview of World Cultures, which focuses on the basic elements of culture including the geography, history, socio-cultural, economic, and political characteristics of the non-western world. As seniors, students enroll in Political and Economics Systems which involves a comprehensive study of the structures and functions of the United States’ government. Students are required to take four credits of social studies in high school and have the opportunity to take various electives in the social sciences including: AP U.S. History, AP U.S. Government, AP Comparative Government, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, and Behavioral Science.