Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade social studies classes each maintain their own areas of focus throughout the school year.

  • Sixth grade begins with the migration of humans from Asia to the Americas and continues next to the importance of the Americas’ development until their European colonization.
  • Seventh grade begins its focus on the creation of the United States, devoting special attention to American government through the struggle of the Civil War.
  • Eighth grade concentrates on the World Wars along with the conflicts in both Korea and Vietnam.
  • Throughout each class, lessons are devoted to geography, current events, analyses of primary documents, and critical thinking.

Teacher Bio:

Joy Sullivan

Mrs. Sullivan has a BA in Social Science Education and a minor in history from Mercyhurst University. She taught middle school Social Studies at Villa Maria Elementary for seven years; this is her second year teaching at St. Jude School. Additionally, Mrs. Sullivan taught at Westlake High School in Ohio for one year before making Erie her permanent home. She has three children: Abbey, 18, Patrick, 17, and Caroline, 13, who is currently in the eight grade at St. Jude School.