Social Studies

Welcome to Calvert County Public Schools Social Studies 
  Social Studies

                      Calvert County Public Schools K – 12 Social Studies Program
                                                      Philosophy and Mission
The vision 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

HISTORY FAIR Information and Resources

What your child will learn:



1st Grade
2nd Grade 
3rd Grade
4th Grade 
5th Grade 


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.


6th Grade

7th Grade
8th Grade    

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).
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.

Modern World History
US History
American Government

Elective Course Offerings
Criminal Justice Career Pathway




  • Maryland State Department of Education Website
  • Maryland Council for the Social Studies                      





     Heritage Committee Photography Contest

    Each year the Calvert County Heritage Committee sponsors a photography competition to support awareness of the historical and cultural heritage of Calvert County.  Below are the names of the winning photographers. 

    The Calvert County Heritage Committee sponsors an annual photo competition to support awareness of the cultural and historical heritage of Calvert County. The following students are the 2016 award winners:


    1st place --  Christian Gott (CMS)

    2nd place – Camryn Frick (CMS)

    3rd place – David Bunting (MES)

    Honorable Mention – Lucy Hurtado (MES)

    Honorable Mention – Abigail Spence (WHMS)

    Honorable Mention – Emily Wood (CMS)


    Congratulations to all of our award winners!


    Contact Information

    Suggestions and comments should be directed to Cecelia Lewis Supervisor of Social Studies for Calvert County Public Schools.

    Phone 443-550-8017

    Fax: 410-286-1367




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