Social Studies Curriculum

The philosophy of Orinda Academy’s social studies department is to provide a broadly humanistic approach to the ideas, events, peoples, and extraordinary individuals that have shaped the world in which we live.

Social Studies Course Sequence

  • U. S. History (8th grade)
  • World Geography (9th grade)
  • Modern World History or Western Civilization (10th grade)
  • U.S. History (11th grade)
  • Civics and Economics (12th grade)
  • Ancient World History (6th grade)
  • World History (7th grade)


Students are exposed to a wide variety of traditionally based, yet progressively tempered methods of instruction. We strive to promote each individual's critical thinking skills and to instill a passion and appreciation for the rich variety of past and present experience and the multiplicity of ways in which they connect to and illuminate one another.

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