Social Studies

Philosophy and Mission

The philosophy and mission of CCPS Social Studies program is to implement, support, and evaluate a rigorous curriculum that is designed to engage students in critical thinking, problem solving, and participatory skills to become engaged citizens. At each level, Overarching Themes support curricula that is integrative and address the totality of human experience over time and regions. Each theme is focused on connecting with the past, linking to the present, and looking ahead to the future.

CCPS Social Studies instruction provide students a variety of opportunities to conduct inquiry, develop and display data, synthesize findings, and make judgments. Lessons embed a comprehensive process of confronting dilemmas and making personal and civic decisions on information from multiple sources and perspectives. Lesson inquiry leads students through historical investigations that challenge them to think critically and make value-based decisions about social issues. Literacy development is essential for students to access and learn disciplinary content. K-12 Social Studies teachers build discipline-specific literacy into daily instruction when and where appropriate.

Each Social Studies course is based upon a program of studies aligned with the Maryland State Department of Education Social Studies Standards and The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies. The K-12 program includes Core Social Studies courses and Social Studies Elective courses (high school only). The choice of which electives a high school offers in a given year depends upon the program needs and interests of that school.

History Fair

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History Fair Information and Resources

What Your Child Will Learn


Middle School Course Offerings

Students in Honors Social Studies are expected to complete an extended research project which culminates in a History Fair project consistent with local, state and National History Day requirements.

Students in Standard Level Social Studies are expected to engage in periodic short-term research projects. These students may also be asked to complete a History Fair project at the discretion of their teacher.

High School Course Offerings

In schools that offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses students can meet graduation requirements by enrolling in and successfully completing Advanced Placement (AP) World History (9), Advanced Placement (AP) United States History (10) and Advanced Placement (AP) American Government (11). Please note that students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement History courses have specific summer assignments which are aligned with the college-level work assigned in those courses. Please contact your child's high school for further information on AP History course summer assignments.

The Maryland High School Assessment (HSA) is a state test that measures school and individual student progress toward Maryland's High School Core Learning Goals in Government. Passing the HSA is a graduation requirement for ALL students entering the 9th grade in 2013-2014 and later. Students take the Government HSA test whenever they complete the course.

Social Studies Resources

Heritage Committee Photography Contest

The Calvert County Heritage Committee sponsors an annual photography competition to support awareness of the historical and cultural heritage of Calvert County. To submit your photo into the 2018 Student Photo Competition, send in your photo along with a completed enrollment form no later than May 21, 2018.

The following students are the 2017 award winners. Congratulations!

Junior Division
1st place — Summer Barnett (DES)
2nd place — Taylor Bard (MES)
2nd place — Sean Jewett (MES)
Honorable Mention — Natalie Bozman (SES)
Honorable Mention — Jack Sturge (CMS)
Honorable Mention — Danielle Hallberg (CMS)
Honorable Mention — Kassandra Sellers (CMS)
Senior Division
1st place — Christian J.A. Gott (CHS)

Winning photos can be viewed on the Calvert County Heritage Committee's website.

Social Studies Program Contact Information

Scott McComb
Supervisor of Social Studies
Phone: 443-550-8017
Fax: 410-286-1367
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