Social Studies Department


The Social Studies Department supports students in making informed and reasoned decisions for the public good as citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world. Through integrated explorations of history, government, geography, and economics, students are given authentic opportunities to think critically, to develop an informed opinion, to research a topic effectively, to express their ideas both orally and in writing, and to listen to others who believe differently than themselves. To act as global citizens, our students need to be able to critically evaluate the merits of competing claims, understand multiple perspectives, engage in responsible civic action, and make knowledgeable decisions as valuable participants in the world.

Our K-8 Social Studies curriculum is aligned to the AERO standards and is designed to develop literacy skills and an understanding of the key social sciences concepts. Our 9-12 Social Studies curriculum uses content standards from the National Center for History in the Schools and is aligned to the C3 Framework, which is organized to develop the concepts, skills, and disciplinary tools necessary to prepare students for college, career, and civic life.

Our Social Studies instruction is characterized by engagement with rigorous, intellectual work that encourages historical thinking skills, inquiry, depth, and relevance. CMIS Social Studies teachers also integrate the Common Core Literacy Standards to ensure all students are college and career ready.