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OA Graduation requirement – 3 years: 1 year U.S. History, 1 year World history, 1 year other social science; UC requirement 2 years
The philosophy of Orinda Academy’s social studies department is to provide a broadly humanistic approach to the ideas, events, cultures, and extraordinary people that have shaped the world.
U.S. History (8th Grade)
U.S. History covers civilizations of pre-colonial America, early European settlements in Florida, Virginia, and New York, the Founding Fathers and more.
World Geography (9th grade)
Class topics and projects include understanding the five themes of geography, the evolution of blues music and cultural convergence in America, the economic systems of imperialistic and developing countries, and more.
World Cultures (10th grade)
Class topics and projects include Roman and Byzantine Empires, Islamic World in Asia and Africa, Rise of the Middle Ages, etc. To see the full description, click the link below.
A year-long course on the political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history of the West, with particular emphasis placed upon cultural and intellectual history.
U.S. History (11th grade)
A year-long survey course of American political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual history (pre-colonial to about 1975) punctuated by more in-depth examination and analysis of key topics and events. For more, explore the full course catalog.
Civics (12th grade)
A one-semester course that examines the classical, English, and colonial origins of our political system followed by an overview of the constitutional convention and an in-depth examination the Constitution itself, including the Bill of Rights, subsequent amendments, and landmark Supreme Court decisions.
Economics (12th grade)
A one-semester course (Spring) that examines the origins, evolution, nature, strengths and weaknesses of capitalism and the free market system.