The K-12 Social Studies program is an integrated program of History and the Social Sciences which is designed to promote civic competence. The four major strands in the History and Social Science Virginia Standards of Learning – history, geography, civics and economics – provide the framework for the local curriculum. Emphasis is placed on applying knowledge and skills from these four areas through hands-on learning in the classroom and participation in field experiences found in the Historic Triangle and surrounding areas. In addition, students participate frequently in special events such as the National Geography Bee, the state Geography fair, National History Day and mock elections.