Social studies at Lower School focuses on developing cultural competence and understanding the interconnections between humans, animals, and the earth. Through age-appropriate topics, discussions, and experiences, learners reflect on their own lives and the lives of others in their communities and the world at large. In-depth, hands-on experiences are framed around three essential questions: Why might these stories about history and culture be important to me? Why and how are they important to my family and my community? How might they also be important to the world?
Our youngest learners explore and share their family histories, honoring the diversity in our community and building a foundation for understanding the perspectives of others. As they grow, they continue to deepen their appreciation of how our interdependence, geography, and resources affect culture, societies, and our lives. Student-centered investigations, research, and activities integrate history, multicultural perspectives, and an active engagement with others through service learning.