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Edmonds School District

Social Studies

Middle School Social Studies

Mission Statement

Our middle school Social Studies program follows the Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs), which focus on Civics, Economics, Geography, History, and Social Studies Skills. The goal of our Social studies program is to create civic minded citizens who think critically and are able to navigate an information rich world.  They craft opportunities for students to draw upon a depth of reading, writing, thinking, and research skills to make reliable conclusions about the world. This is accomplished through the teaching of these social studies skills through modeling, discussion and collaboration, and by utilizing historic, civic, economic, and geographic materials from multiple  perspectives. In cultivating these skills, students will be active, lifelong and informed participants able to successfully navigate their local and global communities.

Middle School Social Studies and Washington State History Credit

Students in the Edmonds School District take two years of Social Studies while in Middle School.

In order to graduate from any Washington State high school, students needs to earn the Washington State History credit.  Inline with OSPI’s recommendation, students in the Edmonds School District earn this credit by passing their first semester of 7th grade Social Studies. Students entering the Edmonds School District after first semester of their 7th grade year will need to either present a middle school transcript showing they have earned the Washington State History credit or take an eLearning Washington State History course during high school.

Social Studies Offerings

Traditional course pathway

Offered at all Middle and K-8 Schools in the Edmonds School District

*select the link to see course descriptions.

Social Studies 7: Washington State History and Medieval History

Social Studies 8: US History: 1776 to 1900

Alternative, Honors, and Highly Capable Courses

Students in the Edmonds School District middle schools have a variety of alternative, honors, and highly capable courses.  Please contact the school for specific information on these courses.

  • Alderwood Middle: 425-431-7579
  • Brier Terrace Middle: 425-431-7834
  • College Place Middle: 425-431-7451
  • Meadowdale Middle: 425-431-7707
  • Madrona K-8: 425-431-7979
  • Maplewood K-8: 425-431-7515

Since Time Immemorial

Since Time Immemorial (STI) is a Washington State and Tribes of Washington co-created Native American curriculum. As of 2014, the Edmonds School District has been actively incorporating STI lessons and learning objectives into our curriculum.

In collaboration with OSPI and local Tribal Representatives, the Edmonds School District has mapped out STI specific units of study in grades 7, 8, 11, and 12. Further, Edmonds School District personnel are working with the Tulalip Tribes to create Tulalip specific lessons on boarding schools, land rights, and the Lushootseed language.

District Approved Resources

Approved Textbooks and Supplemental Resources

Please visit the above link for a list of Edmonds School District approved textbooks and supplemental resources.

Washington State Standards

The Edmonds School District Social Studies Department currently follows the Office of Superintendent Public Instruction (OSPI) suggested course content and standards at each grade level.  Follow the links below for a general overview of each course.

7th Grade Washington State Standards for Medieval History and Washington State History

8th Grade US History

Social Studies and the Common Core

ESD Social Studies programs also implement the CCSS History Standards.

7th -8th Grade Common Core Standards for History.

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