Classes emphasize an active, multisensory approach to learning and teach students to think globally and understand the interconnectedness of humankind. Students study various world cultures and traditions and broaden their knowledge of various types of maps, map symbols, and map keys. Each fall, all classes study a common unit, the theme of which changes each year.
The scope and sequence of lower school social studies is based on the Voluntary Maryland State Curriculum standards. The major strands within the curriculum are as follows: