Curriculum Overview

Core Classes

There are several different ways students can meet the History and Social Science requirements for their desired diploma (modified, standard, advanced, and International Baccalaureate [IB]).  Parents and students should consult the Hanover County Public Schools Program of Studies and work with a guidance counselor to determine a plan of action and note what specific testing requirements must be met.

The Virginia Standards of Learning are provided for our core classes:

* indicates required course for all diplomas

+ indicates there is an End-of-Course examination for this course

A course overview for each of these courses can be found by selecting the appropriate name in the left-hand column. 


Students looking for more advanced coursework in history can consider the IB and Advanced Placement (AP) courses available in all four HCPS high schools.


In addition to the core courses, schools may offer one or more of the electives including:

^ These are semester courses.  Each one must be paired with another semester course from the list or other area of study.