SCMS 7th Grade History and 8th Grade Civics
The Virginia History and Social Science Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment is given to all students in grades 6, 7, and 8. Students in grade 7 use skills for historical and geographical analysis as they examine American history since 1865. Students in grade 8 examine the constitutions of Virginia and the United States; identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens; and describe the structure and operation of government at the local, state, and national levels.
All students in grade 8 participate in a financial literacy curriculum titled Finance Park. Fairfax County Public Schools has partnered with Junior Achievement to bring this program to our students, which is delivered through mathematics and civics classes. The culminating experience is a trip to the Finance Park facility, located adjacent to Frost Middle School. At Finance Park, students immerse themselves in a reality-based decision-making process addressing aspects of individual and family budgeting, including housing, transportation, food, utilities, health care, investments, philanthropy, and banking.