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  • AP Government and Politics

    AP Government & Politics enables students to dissect the American government in order to understand the relationship among its three branches. Students will analyze government systems, federalism and capitalism, the separation of powers, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Students will examine various political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, mass media, institutions of government and civil rights. They must learn facts and concepts and practice historical and analytical skills, including chronological and spatial thinking, historical research and interpretation. This course also satisfies students’ graduation requirement for a semester of Economics. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation and Previous AP Course in Department. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.
  • AP Human Geography

    AP Human Geography introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped people’s understanding, use, and alteration of Earth's surface. Students will employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environmental consequences. They will also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. By the conclusion of this course, students will be able to interpret maps and analyze geospatial data, recognize and interpret patterns, define regions and evaluate the regionalization process and characterize and analyze changing relationships among places from around the world. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9.
  • AP United States History

    AP United States History offers students the opportunity to examine U.S. history from the 1400s to the present. Extensive reading is required. Students will learn to assess historical materials, analyze primary documents, research historical figures and draw conclusions based upon the results of specific actions and decisions. Students will demonstrate an understanding of historical chronology, use historical data to support an argument or position and interpret and apply data from original documents, cartoons, graphs, etc. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11.

  • AP World History

    AP World History investigates five primary course themes as they progress and develop over time. Students will examine history covering six chronological eras from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. Course themes will address the interaction between humans and their environment, the development and interaction of cultures, state building, expansion and conflict, the creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems, and the development and transformation of social structures. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of major trends throughout world history through this challenging and highly engaging course. Note: all students enrolled in this course must take the AP exam during the spring semester. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10. Prerequisites: Departmental Recommendation. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10.
  • Economics

    Economics helps students better understand the financial aspects of life in modern America. Topics for this course include personal responsibility, cause and effect, financial literacy and delayed gratification. Students will evaluate competing ideas fairly and objectively, gain content mastery of the essential structure of micro and macroeconomics and learn to display empathy for other views and opinions within the context of class discussion. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.
  • Government

    Government sends graduating seniors to university with a thorough understanding of the structure and impact of the United States government, as well as the ability to formulate and support critical observations about its proper role in the lives of American citizens. Students will hopefully feel both a passion and obligation to participate in civic engagement after taking this course, which seeks to improve students’ ability to debate, conduct research and empathize with others. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 12.
  • United States History

    United States History helps students to develop greater perspective on the American experience from a variety of points of view. This extensive, interesting course not only covers historical developments from our country’s past, but it also enables students to understand how the past informs and affects our understanding of current issues facing our nation today. Important topics in this course include but are not limited to the Great Depression, World War II and the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to learning the historical content, students will also improve upon their writing skills. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 11.
  • World Geography

    World Geography offers students the opportunity to better understand how the interactions that humans experience with their surrounding environments affect civilization and the development of human history. Students will undertake a comparative analysis of the economies, religions, governments, social structures, art and literature from a variety of regions and civilizations. Students will also increase their proficiency in utilizing graphical elements such as charts and maps. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 9.Prerequisites: None.
    Eligible Grade Level(s): 9.

  • World History

    World History illuminates connections between the present-day and a variety of historical eras. This course offers students the opportunity to study and analyze social, cultural, political, religious and economic trends on a global scale over time. Students will be able to analyze historical documents and primary and secondary sources, while also improving their abilities to write and communicate effectively. Students will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes and consider various points of view related to key events and developments in world history. Prerequisites: None. Eligible Grade Level(s): 10.

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