The North Carolina Social Studies Essential Standards offer a sound, thoughtful, and defensible curricular framework that is designed to enable all students at all grade levels to acquire the essential knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to be informed, active citizens in the 21st century.
The five organizational strands of the social studies program:
1. H - History
2. G - Geography
3. C&G - Civics and Government
4. E - Economics and Financial Literacy
5. C - Culture are addressed with increasing rigor and relevance at each grade level
Underlying these strands is the belief that all students should understand social studies and develop civic efficacy.