History & Social Science

Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. At Fredericksburg City Public Schools, History and Social Science education is a vital component of a well-rounded educational experience. It prepares students to function successfully in an increasingly expanded global community. It is also the primary medium through which students are prepared to become capable, responsible citizens who are willing to meaningfully participate in the nation's democracy, and to contribute to its multicultural society.

To assist students in becoming the best and most informed citizens that they can be, FCPS provides a comprehensive History and Social Science curriculum for all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade.

The curriculum includes a progression of Social Science skills across grades K-12 and the reporting categories of History and Social Science, namely:
  • Civics
  • Economics
  • History
  • Geography

A quality education in History and Social Science is essential to all students. This education helps to develop in students an understanding and appreciation of the experiences of the past, the realities of the present, and the possibilities for the future. Through inquiry-based learning, problem solving, analytical thinking, reasoned decision-making, and utilization of technology, students are provided with the skills necessary to live and compete effectively in a global community.

VDOE History and Social Science Links:

Virginia Department of Education - Resources for Instruction & Assessment