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Social Studies

WORLD GEOGRAPHY

A study of variations among cultural groups and the functioning of societies is the focus of this course. Emphasis will be on language, religion, economy, government, and other cultural phenomena. Included is the study of the elements of the natural landscape, landforms, climate, and natural vegetation with emphasis on world-wide distributions.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite – None

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of patters and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface, Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human social organization and its environment consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice. NOTE: This class is often granted college credit if a successful grade is obtained on the College Board National Test given in May each year. It is the student responsibility to check with the institution which he/she plans to attend concerning its policy on awarding college credit for AP credit courses. Each student is required to take the national advanced placement exam to receive AP credit. Current cost of the AP exam is $94. No exemptions for exams are allowed in this class.
Credit 1 Grade 9
Prerequisite-Recommendation /approval of Social Studies Department based on the high school placement test.

CIVICS

Survey of our American Government, including the theories, which contributed to its development, its basic structures and working, and its relationship to the economic, social, and legal institutions of our society. Emphasis will be focused on developing in the students the knowledge base, interest, and practical skills involved in citizenship. Free Enterprise is included in describing the government’s role in thecountry’s economy.
Credit 1 Grade 10
Prerequisite – None
Required for sophomores

AP UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

AP U.S. Government and Politics provides a college-level, nonpartisan introduction to key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study U.S. foundational documents, Supreme Court decisions, and other texts and visuals to gain an understanding of the relationships and interactions among political institutions, processes, and behaviors. They will also engage in disciplinary practices that require them to read and interpret data, make comparisons and applications, and develop evidence-based arguments. In addition, they will complete a political science research or applied civics project. NOTE: This class is often granted college credit if a successful grade is obtained on the College Board National Test given in May each year. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the institution which he/she plans to attend concerning its policy on awarding college credit for AP credit courses. Each student is required to take the national advanced placement exam to receive AP credit. Current cost of the AP exam is $94. No exemptions for exams are allowed in this class.
Credit 1 Grade 10-12
Prerequisite-Teacher Recommendation/approval by Social Studies Dept.

U.S. HISTORY

Survey course which traces the development of our country through an examination of the political, economic, social, military, and cultural ideas and events which have formed our American society as it exists today. While beginning with the American Revolution, the emphasis of the course will be on the time from the early 1800’s to the present age.
Credit 1 Grade 11
Prerequisite – None

AP U.S. HISTORY

AP United States History is a college-level course focusing on developingstudents’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history fromapproximately 1491 to the present. This course focuses on the development of historical thinking skills (chronological reasoning, comparing, and contextualizing, crafting historical arguments using historical evidence, and interpreting and synthesizing historical narrative) and an understanding of content learning objectives organized around seven themes. NOTE: This class is often granted college credit if a successful grade is obtained on the College Board National Test given in May each year. It is the student responsibility to check with the institution which he/she plans to attend concerning its policy on awarding college credit for AP credit courses. Each student is required to take the national advanced placement exam to receive AP credit. Current cost of the AP exam is $94. No exemptions for exams are allowed in this class.
Credit 1 Grade 11
Prerequisite-Teacher Recommendation/approval by Social Studies Dept.

AP PSYCHOLOGY

Designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Each student is required to take the national advanced placement exam to receive AP credit. The current cost of the AP exam is $94.
(AP Psychology as opposed to regular Psychology is more neuroscience based)
*Some subject material may be sensitive to some students. Topics such as mental illness, alcoholism, abuse, and eating disorders are discussed in this class.
Credit 1 Grade 11-12
Prerequisite-Recommendation / approval of Social Studies Department
This course is a TOPS Core Course

WORLD HISTORY

Survey course which examines the development of our world with an emphasis on developing in the students an understanding of where society came from, how it developed into its present form and where, based on the evidence presented, it is heading. While time will be devoted to traditional western culture, an awareness of non-western ideas and events, especially in the 20th Century, will be examined to help the student prepare to live in a truly international society.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12
Prerequisite – None

AP WORLD HISTORY

The AP World History course content is structured around the investigation of five course themes and 19 key concepts in six different chronological periods, from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. This course covers the following themes, periods, and concepts:

Course Themes:

  1. Interaction Between Humans and the Environment
  2. Development and Interaction of Cultures
  3. State-Building, Expansion, and Conflict
  4. Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic Systems
  5. Development and Transformation of Social Structures

NOTE: This class is often granted college credit if a successful grade is obtained on the College Board National Test given in May each year. It is the student responsibility to check with the institution which he/she plans to attend concerning its policy on awarding college credit for AP credit courses. Each student is required to take the national advanced placement exam to receive AP credit. Current cost of the AP exam is $94. No exemptions for exams are allowed in this class.
Credit 1 Grade 9-12

Prerequisite-Recommendation/approval of Social Studies Department