Middle School Social Studies
The mission of the Social Studies Department is to help students develop the ability to make informed and reasonable decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world.
Our vision: 100% of students are prepared for College, Career, and Citizenship.
United States History
United States History from the period of Colonization to the beginning of Reconstruction is the sixth-grade advanced
social studies curriculum and the seventh-grade regular curriculum. History Alive is the textbook resource and may also
be accessed on their website. Your child’s teacher will provide enrollment information. Highlighting the connections
between periods of art and history, each student visits the Museum of Fine Arts at no cost to the student or school.
Civics is the content of our seventh-grade advanced curriculum and the eighth-grade regular curriculum. This course is
accompanied by a required state-administered, end of course assessment (EOC). Please visit the FDOE website to
obtain more information about end of course assessments. Pinellas County Schools has enjoyed a long partnership with the Lou Frey
Insitiute Florida Joint Center for Citizenship and uses its curriculum resources. They can be accessed
on Civics360.org. We have also adopted the Civics textbook published by McGraw Hill. Your child's teacher will give you
online access information. The course focuses on the makeup and functions of national, state, and local government
including the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Civics students also have the opportunity to participate in the
Global Classrooms/Model UN culminating in a conference in partnership with St. Petersburg College in March. Ask your
child's teacher for more information.
The Florida Department of Education, Office of Standards and Instructional Support also provides resources for families
pertaining to Social Studies instruction. Please visit their webpage for additional information.
PCS Student projects for National History Day have won awards at the national level for the last five years.
Ancient World History
Ancient World History is the content of our sixth-grade regular curriculum and the eighth-grade advanced curriculum.
We have adopted McGraw Hill as our textbook publisher. Your child’s teacher will provide enrollment
information. Students in Advanced World History participate in National History Day competition (NHD). First and second
place school projects compete in a county competition; winners then travel to Tallahassee for the state level contest. For
the last six years, PCS has moved on to the national competition continuing to earn top awards.