• Social Studies Courses
     

     
    Civics and Economics- This course will provide students the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent world. This course provides students with a framework for understanding the basic tenets of American democracy, practices of American government as established by the US Constitution, basic concepts of American politics and citizenship, and concepts in micro- and macroeconomics and personal finance.
       Grades: 10 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: World History
     
    Civics and Economics Honors- This course is designed to challenge students. This course will provide students the skills and knowledge necessary to become responsible and effective citizens in an interdependent world. This course provides students with a framework for understanding the basic tenets of American democracy, practices of American government as established by the US Constitution, basic concepts of American politics and citizenship, and concepts in micro- and macroeconomics and personal finance.
       Grades: 10 
       Weight: H 
       Prerequisite: World History 
     
    American History I- This course addresses key events in American History from European exploration through Reconstruction. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States from European exploration and colonial settlement to the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras, along with political and economic factors that influenced Colonial development and the American Revolution. The key ideas of the Constitution and other consequences of the American Revolution are addressed. This course also examines the establishment of political parties, America’s westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict, and causes and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Conceptual understanding is emphasized along with analysis and evaluation.
       Grades: 11-12 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: None
     
    American History I Honors- This course is designed to challenge students. This course addresses key events in American History from European exploration through Reconstruction. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of the United States from European exploration and colonial settlement to the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras, along with political and economic factors that influenced Colonial development and the American Revolution. The key ideas of the Constitution and other consequences of the American Revolution are addressed. This course also examines the establishment of political parties, America’s westward expansion, the growth of sectional conflict, and causes and consequences of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Conceptual understanding is emphasized along with analysis and evaluation.
       Grades: 11-12 
       Weight: H 
       Prerequisite: None
     
    American History II- This course addresses the historical, political, social and cultural development of the United States from the end of Reconstruction through the present. Key ideas of the course include America’s change in ethnic composition, movement toward equal rights, the US as a major world power, expanding the role of the federal government and courts, and tension between the individual and the state. Understanding cause and effect relationships, patterns of interactions, and how events in the US impact an interconnected world are key outcomes.
       Grades: 11-12 
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite:  American History I or American History I Honors
     
    American History II Honors- This course is designed to challenge students. The course addresses the historical, political, social and cultural development of the United States from the end of Reconstruction through the present. Key ideas of the course include America’s change in ethnic composition, movement toward equal rights, the US as a major world power, expanding the role of the federal government and courts, and tension between the individual and the state. Understanding cause and effect relationships, patterns of interactions, and how events in the US impact an interconnected world are key outcomes.
       Grades: 11-12 
       Weight: H 
       Prerequisite: American History I or American History I Honors
     
    AP U.S. History- Advanced Placement United States History is a course that is equivalent to an introductory American History course at the college level. This course provides an analytical and historical study of the United States by examining the major trends and events spanning United States history from the age of discovery to the present. Substantial out-of-class reading, writing, and research are expected. Pre-course reading may be required. It is recommended that students who enroll in this course have successfully completed English II. Students are expected to take the AP United States History Examination. The student may earn college credit for successful completion of the course and AP examination.
       Grade: 11 
       Weight: AP 
       Prerequisite: None
     
    World History-  This course will address six periods in the study of world history, with a key focus of study from the mid-15th century to the present. Students will study major turning points that shaped the world in order to develop understandings of current world issues and relate them to their historical, political, economic, geographic and cultural contexts. Students will broaden their historical perspectives as they explore ways societies have dealt with continuity and change; exemplified by concepts such as civilization, revolution, government, economics, war, stability, movement, and technology
       Grades: 9 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: None 
     
    World History Honors-  This course is designed to challenge students. This course will address six periods in the study of world history, with a key focus of study from the mid-15th century to the present. Students will study major turning points that shaped the world in order to develop understandings of current world issues and relate them to their historical, political, economic, geographic and cultural contexts. Students will broaden their historical perspectives as they explore ways societies have dealt with continuity and change; exemplified by concepts such as civilization, revolution, government, economics, war, stability, movement, and technology.
       Grades: 9 
       Weight: H 
       Prerequisite: None 
     
    AP World History-  This course concentrates on the patterns of global processes and contacts in interaction with different types of human societies. This course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. Students build an understanding of cultural, institutional and technological precedents that, along with geography, set the human stage prior to the common area. Substantial out of-of-class reading, writing, and research are expected. Students are expected to take the AP World History Examination. The student may earn college credit for successful completion of the course and AP examination.
       Grades: 9 
       Weight: AP
       Prerequisite: None 
     
    AP European History- This course is designed for those students who want to undertake studies on a college level. The course provides an in-depth survey study of first semester college European History. Students will explore developments in Europe from the 17th Century through the 20th Century. Students prepare to take the Advanced Placement College Board examination and have the potential to earn college credit based on their exam score. Students are expected to take the AP European History Examination. The student may earn college credit for successful completion of the course and AP examination.
       Grade: 10-12 
       Weight: AP 
       Prerequisite: None
     
    1960's Era- This course is designed for students to explore one of the most controversial eras in American History. Topics that will be covered in great detail include the Baby Boom Generation, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential administrations, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, Counter Culture, and the Space Race. Students will learn how this era has altered the United States and changed how Americans look at themselves and the future of the country 
       Grades: 10-12 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: None  
     
    American Civil War- This course will explore the watershed event in American History, the Civil War, from several perspectives, including its military, political, cultural and strategic significance. Students will examine the war’s impact on the civilians and military personnel caught up in it. Emphasis will be placed on military campaigns and strategy, the political aspects of the struggle, the life of the common soldier, and the war’s consequences for the people back home.
       Grades: 10-12 
       Weight: S 
       Prerequisite: None
     
    Military History (and its Cultural Impact)- This course is a study of how armed conflict has been a significant factor throughout the course of human history. It will involve a discussion of its causes, course and results as well as how it affects the society it touches.
       Grades: 9-12 
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None 
     
    African American Studies- This course is an exploration of the diverse history and culture of African Americans. Students gain a deep understanding of the historical, cultural, economic, political, and geographic experiences of African Americans. Emphasis is placed on connections among the social studies strands and across content areas.
       Grades: 9-12 
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None 
     
    Psychology- This course provides an in-depth study of psychological methods, the stages of psychological development, how cognition, learning and conditioning affect behavior, personality theories and disorders, as well as psychological disorders. Students will also research and explore major psychological researchers. It is recommended that students who enroll in this course have successfully completed English II and Biology.
       Grades: 9-12 
       Weight: S
       Prerequisite: None