The History Social Science Framework, adopted by the California State Board of Education in 2016, guides educators as they design, implement, and maintain a coherent course of study. The framework consists of four emphases that are embedded throughout the entire curriculum: content, inquiry, literacy, and citizenship. The goal is to not only teach content standards, but to develop inquiry-based critical thinking skills, improve reading comprehension and expository writing ability, and promote an engaged and knowledgeable citizenry in history and the related social sciences.

    8th Grade Framework

    In 8th grade United States History and Geography, students learn about United States history from the First Americans to the end of the 19th century, focusing on the following questions:

    • What did freedom mean to the nation’s founders, and how did it change over time? 
    • How and why did the United States expand? 
    • Who is considered an American?

    Throughout their eighth-grade United States history and geography course, students will confront the themes of freedom, equality, and liberty and their changing definitions over time.

    You can learn more about the Framework at this link.


    The mission of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success

    Each week, students receive instruction that uses a rigorous college preparatory curriculum provided by AVID Center, tutor‐led study groups, motivational activities, and academic survival skills. In AVID, students participate in activities focused on writing, inquiry, collaboration, organization, and reading to support their academic growth.

    The seventh grade AVID elective course builds upon the AVID philosophy. Students will 

    • learn to set and monitor goals 
    • work on intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and formal and informal speech.
    • improve their writing practice. Students will take an active role in their learning, 
    • expand their knowledge of note‐taking, in relation to studying and test preparation. 
    • Increase knowledge of college and career options.
    • Participate in college field trips.