Pleasant View School’s social studies program is based on an approach that recognizes the critical importance of understanding identity and community in providing students with strong self-esteem and confidence. Students are provided a strong grounding in map and research skills, are made aware of the importance of geography and history, and are geared toward an appreciation of diversity, tolerance and good citizenship.
In the lower grades, students study human interactions in family and community and are provided opportunities to practice higher order thinking skills.
In the upper elementary grades, students are encouraged to go beyond traditional textbooks in exploring and discussing relevant topics.
In the middle and high school, social studies is used to teach critical thinking and advanced research skills. There is a strong focus on conducting research using primary sources and presenting quality research results, on current events and on civics. Students are expected to graduate from high school with 3 to 4 college credits in social studies.