Courses

(10th grade)

WHST150: World History 

The first semester of this course examines the ideas and the events which shape the modern world with emphasis on the later 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The second semester approaches world history, economics, culture and current events from a regional point of view.

WHST250: World History Honors 

In addition to the course description of World History, students enrolled in World History Honors will be given more rigorous reading and writing assignments. Students should expect additional homework and projects. The grading scale will also be pushed up. For example, students must earn 92% in order to get an A-.

WHST350: AP World History 

The AP World History Course is a college-level course involves reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, writing essays, and participating in discussion. By learning about ancient as well as modern history, students will gain a better understanding of how societies were developed and how the interactions of different societies have created the complex world we live in today. Students should be able to handle independent reading (approximately 30 pages per week) and independent studying (approximately 3-5 hours a week). Students should expect to complete multiple (timed) essays per semester.

(11th grade)

USHI150: United States History

During the first semester the students will have a short review of the events in the development of the United States from the 17th through the 19th centuries. The students will then explore several themes such as reform, expansion, war and peace, the roles of women, immigration, ethnicity and study in-depth of the Progressive Era, World War I, the Jazz Age, the Depression, the New Deal and World War II, Cold War, Civil Rights Movement, the turbulent 60’s, the Vietnam Conflict both home and abroad, the changing 70’s, and the conflicting 80’s.

USHI250: United States History Honors

In addition to the course description of United States History 1 and 2, students enrolled in United States History Honors will be given more rigorous reading and writing assignments. Students should expect additional homework and projects. The grading scale will also be pushed up. For example, students must earn 92% (instead of 90%) in order to get an A-. In addition several investigative reports are expected to assess research and writing skills.

USHI350: AP United States History

The AP United States History Course is a college-level course that involves reading and analyzing primary and secondary sources, writing essays, and participating in debates. Students should be able to handle independent reading and outlining (approximately 30 pages per week) and independent studying (approximately 5 hours a week outside of class) in addition to any additional assignments distributed in class. Students should expect to complete multiple (timed) essays and one group debate per semester.

(12th grade)

ADEM150/ECON150: American Democracy/Economics

American Democracy examines the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and national, state and local governments. Economics examines how societies decide to use limited resources to satisfy unlimited wants.

GVUS350/ECON250: AP U.S. Government/ Economics Honors

In addition to the American Democracy/Economics course description, students will be expected to do more rigorous reading and writing assignments such as reports, presentations, a nd essays. The Economics component of the course will be accelerated, so that more time will be devoted to the AP American Democracy portion of the class. Students should expect frequent independent assignments and assessments.Tests are detailed and challenging.