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.
Sixth Grade Social Studies
The middle school social studies curriculum includes a wide variety of topics. United States History from the period of Colonization to the beginning of Reconstruction is the sixth grade social studies 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.
Seventh Grade Social Studies
Seventh grade students are enrolled in Civics which is accompanied by a required state administered end of course assessment (EOC). 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. Seventh grade 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.
PCS Student projects for National History Day have won awards at the national level for the last five years.
Eighth Grade Social Studies
Ancient World History is the content of our 8th grade Social Studies courses. 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. Finance Park is also included for our 8th grade curriculum. It is an economic education program which introduces concepts concerning personal financial decisions and career exploration. This unit culminates with a visit to Finance Park at the Stavros Institute.