This page contains links to the North Carolina Social Studies Essential Standards for each grade level, as well as their associated unpacking documents.

Information on North Carolina Final Exams are available on the Educator Effectiveness page here.

Click one of the links below to go directly to your desired grade span or course selection.
Elementary Grades Documents
Middle Grades Documents
High School Documents
Cultural Studies Courses


Elementary Grade Levels
Please note that the Elementary Social Studies Essential Standards documents are grouped within grade span. Once you have opened your document, please scroll until you find your desired grade level.The unpacking documents ARE separated by grade level.

Kindergarten through Second Grade Standards

Kindergarten Unpacking

First Grade Unpacking

Second Grade Unpacking

Third Grade through Fifth Grade Standards

Third Grade Unpacking

Fourth Grade Unpacking

Fifth Grade Unpacking

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Middle Grade Levels

Sixth Grade Standards

Sixth Grade Unpacking

Seventh Grade Standards

Seventh Grade Unpacking

Eighth Grade Standards

Eighth Grade Unpacking

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High School Courses

American History One Standards

American History One Unpacking

American History Two Standards

American History Two Unpacking

World History Standards

World History Unpacking

American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics Standards

American History: Founding Principles, Civics and Economics Unpacking


Cultural Studies Electives
African American Studies


American Indian Studies


Latin American Studies


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