In keeping with our educational philosophy and our core values of leadership, community, and civic responsibility, the capstone of UCSN’s curriculum is our emphasis on civics.
By exploring American history through the context of the immigrant experience, students begin to evaluate their place in modern day American society. Recognizing that the students and families served by its schools are the future stakeholders of America’s democratic traditions, UCSN’s civics curriculum offers the opportunity to become informed participants in the country’s political processes. Beyond an emphasis on American History in the middle school grades, civics units for all grades are linked to American holidays, special dates, and important events in both American and world history.
In order to instill a deep and authentic understanding of what it means to be an active American citizen, students engage in multiple civic activities throughout the school year. Participating in community service projects and volunteer opportunities fosters in students a heightened sense of social awareness. Students also experience citizenship and patriotism first-hand through UCSN’s mock elections, held on both federal and local election days each year. In addition, all 7th grade students travel to New York City to study the events of September 11th, and all 8th grade students go to Washington, D.C. to better understand American history.