Social Studies

WORLD HISTORY      Full-Year Class Grades:  10 Credit Value: .5 per semester/Social Studies Course Description:  World History will explore the development of early humans, cultures, religions, and civilizations. It will focus on specific cultures in order to identify certain historical trends and characteristics common to all cultures. The first semester is primarily Early Eastern Hemisphere cultures  while the 2nd semester is focused on the Western Cultures.

HONORS WORLD HISTORY        Full-Year Class Grades:  10 Credit Value: .5 per semester/Social Studies; advanced class on 5.0 GPA scale Course Description: Students will be expected to take essay tests, do outside reading, and complete group and individual research assignments at a minimum of one major project twice each semester, using appropriate documentation and a variety of sources.  This course, primarily the Ancient History of Eastern cultures in the first semester and Western Hemisphere cultures in the second semester, will prepare the student to take AP Level U.S. and AP World History courses.

UNITED STATES HISTORY  Full-Year Class Grades: 11 Credit Value: .5 per semester/Social Studies Course Description:  This course will cover elements of the transformation of the American nation, 1878 to the present.  Students will develop social studies literacy and writing skills. The first semester will focus on topics ranging from the Post-Reconstruction era to the 1920s.  Second semester will include topics ranging from the Great Depression to the present day.  This course is a requirement for H.S. graduation and there will be an End of Instruction exam.

AP WORLD HISTORY     

Full-Year Class

Grades:  11-12

Credit Value: .5 per semester/Social Studies

Fees: Student pays reduced price for AP exam in May

Course Description: This course begins approximately in 1200 AD and continues through modern day.  The class prepares the student to take the AP World History test. It will focus on historical interpretation, essay writing and information related to the subject’s area of study.

This course will cover historical events, world wide, including political movements, philosophical movements, art eras and technological  advances. 

It will prepare the student to pass the AP World History test.

 

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY     

Full-Year Class

Grades11-12

Credit Value: .5 per semester/elective; advanced class on 5.0 GPA scale

Fees: Student pays reduced price for AP exam in May

Course Description: AP Human Geography is an introductory college-level human geography course. Students cultivate their understanding of human geography through data and geographic analyses as they explore topics like patterns and spatial organization, human impacts and interactions with their environment, and spatial processes and societal changes.


AP MODERN EUROPEAN HISTORY       Full-Year Class Grades: 11-12 Credit Value: .5 per semester/Social Studies; advanced class on 5.0 GPA scale

Fees: Student pays reduced price for AP exam in May Course Description: This course is intended to prepare the student for college courses and the Advanced Placement exam for college credit. It requires a good deal of reading and writing. Special outside readings, including important novels or philosophical works of the era, are required twice each semester.  The course will focus on the evolving history, art and philosophies of Europe beginning pre Renaissance and continuing through modern day. Topics include: The Renaissance, age of Discovery, the Baroque, the age of Revolutions, the rise of democracies, Napoleonic Wars, World Wars, etc.

AP UNITED STATES HISTORY       Full-Year Class Grades: 11-12 Credit Value: .5 per semester/Social Studies; advanced class on 5.0 GPA scale

Fees: Student pays reduced price for AP exam in May

Course Description: This course in United States History is designed to provide students with analytical skills and enduring understandings necessary to deal critically with problems and materials in United States history.  The course is a survey of the nation’s history from 1492 to the present using a college-level textbook.  Students are also required to write college-level essays, read and interpret materials and participate in class discussion in preparation for the AP exam. This course will prepare the student to take the US History AP test for college credit.

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