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Sacramento County Office of Education Sacramento County Office of Education

Sacramento County History Day (SCHD)

​Student and Educational Services


Primary Contact

Craig Irish, Coordinator
(916) 228-2660

The Sacramento County History Day (SCHD) is a year-long educational program that encourages 4th–12th grade students to explore local, state, national, and world history. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. Students analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about the significance of their topics in history, and create final projects that present their work.

There are six competition categories (individual or group). Categories include:

  • Documentary
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Exhibit
  • Historical Paper (individual only)
  • Website
  • Posters (4th–5th grades only)

Entries are judged by community volunteers. The local competition takes place each March. Awards are presented at an awards ceremony and the top students in each category have the opportunity to move on and compete in the State Competition, held annually in April.


SCHD is run in partnership with the Center for Sacramento History, the Sacramento History Foundation, and dozens of dedicated volunteers throughout the community who serve as judges, coaches, and behind-the-scenes assistants to make the program a success.

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Last Modified: 11/8/2017 1:14 PM