Social Studies

As the middle school student becomes increasingly aware and connected to a world outside of themselves, Loyola Academy Social Studies curriculum provides the information and frame of reference for them to become contributing members of society.



6 World History, Geography and Culture; Ancient Civilizations
7 The Age of Exploration; Early American History through 1860
8 American History; Civil War through Civil Rights Movement
The purpose of the Loyola Academy Social Studies curriculum is to create a bridge between Elementary Social Studies, which is more concrete, and High School Social Studies, which is more abstract. A big emphasis is placed not on the “where”, “the who”, or the “what”, but rather on the “how” and “why”. Students analyze cause and effect relationships, glean point of view from primary source documents, and are taught the connection between geography and human history. St. Columbkille students will have three years of history that are chronologically interconnected.

Grade 6

Grade six explores early civilization and begin with a survey of the River Civilizations (Sumer, Egypt, India, and China). Next, students study the Empires of Greece, Rome, Africa, and the Ancient North American. Students gain an understanding of major contributions from the Arab and European Renaissances, as well as Dynastic China and the impact of European exploration on the rest of the world. Attention is given to geography and mapping skills.

Grade 7

Grade seven students learn about the many individuals responsible for North American exploration, as well as the reasons for English settlement and the causes of the French and Indian War. Students explore the causes and effects of the American colonies’ separation from Great Britain. Students are introduced to the structure of our government, and are given opportunities to practice civic engagement. Toward the end of the year, the students will study the Louisiana Purchase and will begin to understand the emerging differences between the North and South.

Grade 8

In grade eight, students focus on the causes and consequences of the Civil War. They then follow the Facing History curriculum highlighting the desegregation of public schools in Little Rock and in Boston. Grade 8 students integrate their learning about the enduring theme of Social Justice and complete a culminating project, which is a digital history project.