Social studies and history is designed to give our students a thorough understanding of Western Civilization. This approach is used because it gives the students a common cultural framework. Furthermore, Western civilization is the culture God fully revealed Himself to and understanding that culture gives a deeper understanding of God and the history of His Church.
Built into History are social study skills. These skills include traditional academic content such as map reading, state capitols, and reading charts. It also includes skills and contents which are important to our American culture, such as patriotism, life-skills (e.g. balancing a checkbook), and understanding of West Virginia history.
Year C for Secondary is divided into two semesters. The first semester is about learning Civic Literacy. The students learn about American Government, how the system works, and how to use the system to create positive social change. A large part of this study includes hands-on experiences of talking to community leaders and politicians.
The second semester of the year focuses on West Virginia History. In this semester, the students learn about their own state and how it uniquely developed as a part of the American Experience. While text is a primary learning source, this curriculum is supplemented by field-trips to actual historical sites.