Civics and Economics

Information about the Eighth Grade Civics & Economics program at RCPS

Welcome to 8th Grade Civics and Economics

Civics and Economics introduces students to the roles citizens play in the political, governmental, and economic systems of the United States. Students will examine the constitutions of Virginia and the United States, will identify the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens, and will describe the structure and operation of government at the local, state, and national levels. Students will investigate the process by which decisions are made in the American market economy and explain the government’s role in it. The standards identify personal character traits, such as patriotism, respect for the law, willingness to perform public service, and a sense of civic duty, that facilitate thoughtful and effective active participation in the civic life of an increasingly diverse democratic society.