Social Studies Courses
Contemporary World Affairs (Blended online class)
11th-12th Grades • Semester, 0.5 Elective Credit
This is a one-semester course with the objective to introduce students to various sides of contemporary global issues and current news in an objective and comprehensive manner. Student involvement is emphasized in this course through a variety of formats including discussion, seminars, cooperative learning, simulations, multi-media presentations, Internet research, essay writing, debates, and student presentations. Development and utilization of advanced critical reading, thinking, writing and speaking skills are integral to this course. This course can meet the Speech Communication requirement.
12th Grade • Semester, 0.5 Credit
This one-semester survey of American and global economics gives special attention to competing economic schools of thought, macro and microeconomic theory, international trade, and fiscal policy. Current economic news along with the current state of the U.S. economy, and its application to theory are studied. Active student participation is required through class discussions, debates, role plays and simulations. Seniors are required to complete one semester of Economics.
Introduction to Psychology
11th-12th Grades • Semester, 0.5 Credit
This semester social studies elective course explores human behavior and considers the essential question of nature vs. nurture. Psychology is connected to both the social sciences (such as history or government) and the natural sciences (such as biology and chemistry). As a social science, psychology explores the influences of society on individual behavior and group relationships. As a natural science, psychology looks for biological explanations for human behavior. Students will learn about the social and biological aspects of human behavior as they draw from the course material to gain insight into their own lives and the lives of those around them.
Speech & Debate
9th-12th Grades • Semester, 0.5 Credit
Students learn the fundamentals of public speaking, and emphasis is placed on the ability to face an audience and deliver a thoughtfully written, organized and well-prepared speech. Students learn the principles of formal public speaking, rehearsed as well as extemporaneous and impromptu. Listening and other communication & critical skills are also emphasized. Students also research, analyze, and debate current issues. This one-semester class satisfies the speech requirement necessary for graduation.
12th Grade • Semester, 0.5 Credit
A semester course that enables students to understand the working of the American political process. The course covers the foundations of American Federalism and includes an in-depth study of the U.S. Constitution and of the three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. Active student participation is encouraged through critical thinking exercises, debate and simulation activities.
AP U.S. Government/Economics
12th Grade • Full Year, 1.0 Credit
Advanced Placement United States Government is a comprehensive, college-level survey course of the Government of the United States. The course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific examples. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. politics. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, and interpretation of primary source documents. As a college-level experience, students are given the opportunity to study the U.S. Government in greater detail and develop skills critically important to successful college study. The course is designed to prepare students for the AP US Government exam in the spring. Depending on the AP exam score, some colleges will transfer in college credits or count it as completion of a pre-requisite.
United States History
11th grade • Full Year, 1.0 Credit
This is a two-semester survey course of the history of the United States. The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural patterns in American history through the use of traditional textbooks, primary source readings, critical thinking and writing exercises, and simulation activities. Students are encouraged to move beyond learning facts to the higher level of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of information. The students will study the impact of colonization on Native Americans as well as the political, social, military history of the United States. One year of US History is required for graduation.
AP United States History
11th grade • Full Year, 1.0 Credit
This is a two-semester detailed course of the history of the United States. The course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of factual knowledge from the Pre-Columbian Era to present day. Students will develop analytical skills, critically problem-solving skills, and weigh evidence and interpretation to the social, political, economic and cultural patterns in American history through readings, discussion, and Document Based Questions. The course is designed to prepare students for the AP US History exam in the spring. Depending on the AP exam score, some colleges will transfer in college credits or count it as completion of a pre-requisite. AP fulfills the one-year requirement of US History for graduation.
9th-grade • Semester, 0.5 Credit
World History I is a semester-long course that focuses on the history of the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, World War I, and globalization. World History examines the origins of modern day society and introduces basic geographical, sociological, political, and economic concepts necessary for the study of all social studies. The advent and spread of modern technology and its impact on the present day is also examined. Current world news events are emphasized throughout the course. Current events discussions will also be held to put historical events into their proper perspective.
World History 2
10th-grade • Semester, 0.5 Credit
World History II is a semester-long course that focuses on the history of World War II, the Rise of Democracy, and the Modern Middle East. World History II examines the origins of modern day society and continues to explore basic geographical, sociological, political, and economic concepts necessary for the study of all social studies courses. Geography knowledge and skills, as well as current world news events, are emphasized throughout the course. Current world news discussions will be held to put historical events into their proper perspective. One semester of World History II is required for graduation.
AP World History
10th grade • Full Year, 1.0 Credit
The AP World History is open for those 10th graders who wish to take a more rigorous and challenging Social Studies class. This course focuses on developing students’ understanding of world history from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past.
The course also provides five themes (interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion and conflict; creation of social structures) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places encompassing the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. This class fulfills the Sophomore Social Studies requirement.