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Social Studies 6-12

Beginning the 2012-2013 school year, Buncombe County and the State of North Carolina implemented the North Carolina Essential Standards for Social Studies/ History, as well as The Common Core State Literacy Standards for Social Studies/ History. The Essential Standards reflect a shift to a more conceptual framework. Standards continue to address topics and facts; however, the goal of conceptually written standards is to help students recognize patterns and make connections in their learning that transfer beyond a single discipline, topic, grade, or isolated fact.

North Carolina Essential Standards for Social Studies/ History focuses on five organizational strands of the social studies program: History, geography, civics and government, economics and financial literacy, and culture. All strands are addressed with increasing rigor and relevance at each grade level. All students in Social Studies and History take a North Carolina Final Exam.

For further information, including curriculum guides and teaching resources, visit

Sequencing for Middle School Social Studies Courses
 6th Grade - Ancient World History
7th Grade - World History: 1400 - Present
8th Grade - North Carolina and The United States

Buncombe County High School Sequence for Freshmen Entering


Grade Level

Graduation Requirements

Freshmen entering 2012-2013 are required 4 credits in social studies:

  • World History
  • American History I 
  • American History II 
  • Civics and Economics

Students may substitute AP US History for AH I and AH II, but they are required to take a fourth social studies course to receive the fourth credit necessary to fulfill the graduation requirements for social studies.

For further information, including curriculum guides and teaching resources, visit Also, you may contact Laura DeVanon, Social Studies Specialist for Grades 6-12.

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  • Phone: 828-255-5954 
  • Fax: 828-255-5964
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