Year──Grade: 9──Credit: 1
Students choosing to study Geography will learn about the world from the unique perspective of the geographer. Focusing on themes rather than regions, students study population, migration, culture, communication, urbanization, the environment, and other units in an effort to better understand the world in which they live.
Year──Grade: 10──Credit: 1
This course is a survey of Modern World History. It traces the evolution of political, social, cultural, religious, technological, and economic institutions from the Renaissance to modern times. The great ideas and actions of mankind which have shaped the modern world are explored.
Pre-AP World History
Year──Grade 10──Credit: 1
Prerequisite: B or better in English I and/or Instructor Permission/Geography
Advanced World History is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement History and Social Studies Courses by teaching them the reading, writing, and discussion skills necessary to succeed at the College Board Level. Students will analyze primary and secondary sources as they study the history of the world from the 15th through the 20th century. Students should be willing to do extensive reading and writing using advanced materials. This course is a part of the Pre-AP Initiative designed to engage students in active, high-level learning, thereby ensuring they develop the skills, habits of mind, and concepts they need to succeed in college. This class will become a prerequisite for enrollment in Advanced Placement United States History. This course meets local and state standards for World History. This course will conform to standards set by the College Board for its Pre-AP Initiative.
United States History
Year──Grade: 11──Credit: 1
This course helps students interpret the study of America's past. Students study America's past to learn about our nation's history and learn their responsibilities as active citizens. Emphasis will be placed on students understanding key historical concepts, the role individuals and groups play in history, turning points, and cause and effect relationships.
AP United States History
Year──Grades: 11──Credit: 1
Prerequisite: Pre-AP World History, B or better in World History, Honors English II, and/or 3.25 GPA and/or Instructor Permission
This college course is for the highly-motivated student and provides the opportunity for the development of skills and concepts used in the study of history. The scope includes an in-depth study of our nation's history from the colonial period to the present. It prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May.
United States Government
Year──Grade: 12──Credit: 1
This course is a study of the federal, state, and local governments. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basic principles of the Constitution, civil rights, politics, and federalism. A major objective of this course is to help students develop an awareness of a citizen's rights and responsibilities.
AP United States Government and Politics
Year──Grade: 12──Credit: 1
Prerequisite: B or better in World History, Advanced Placement American History, AP Language, cumulative 3.25 GPA and/or instructor permission
This college course is for the highly-motivated student. It is an intensive study of cooperative federalism designed to give the students a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Diverse institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that comprise the American political scene are studied. Emphasis is on the theories and concepts of American government. This course prepares students for the Advanced Placement exam. It is expected students will take the AP exam in May.
Semester──Grades: 11-12──Credit: ½
This course acquaints students with the functions of society through the study of social groups, culture, norms, and institutions. Emphasis is on special groups and the individual and their relationships to society.
This course introduces psychology and investigates the study of human and animal behavior. The scope of the course includes human development, the brain, research methods, biology and behavior, dreams and altered states, and abnormal behavior.
Semester──Grades: 10-12──Credit: ½
This course is designed to help students understand and form opinions on the World, National, and Local news as well as the major events and current issues of the day. Students will be expected to keep up with the news through television, the internet, or printed sources of the news. They will participate in class discussions and research current events issues. Students will learn to recognize bias, analyze diverse viewpoints, and interpret political cartoons.