Western Civilization, Western Civilization Honors

This is a survey course in Western Civilization.  The development of world culture is traced from early civilization through the accomplishments of the Renaissance and the discovery of America. Geographical concepts are reinforced throughout this course via extensive map work.  This course is required for all Pre-Freshmen and new Freshmen.

Human Geography AP

The purpose of the AP course in Human Geography is to introduce students to the systematic study of pattern 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 environmental consequences.  They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their science and practice.  Students are required to take the AP course in May.

United States History

American History is a state-required course which is taken during sophomore year. It is designed to familiarize students with our rich heritage in an understandable, chronological order. Consideration is also given to the many accomplishments of American women throughout our history. American History spans from Pre-Columbian America through the depression era of the 1930s.

United States History AP

This course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal with problems and materials of a college level American History class. Students will learn how to analyze historical documents and weigh the evidence.  Students will develop skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format.  Writing and critical thinking skills are used daily in preparation for the AP examinations.  Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the College Board AP exam in May.

World History

The World History course requires students to engage with the dynamics of continuity and change across historical periods that are included in the course.  Focus of the course will center on Modern World History from a global perspective.  Juniors are required to take World History.

World History AP

Advanced Placement World History is designed to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies.  This understanding is advanced through the attainment of factual knowledge and the development of analytical skills.  This course is recommended for students who wish to experience college level work with the possibility of earning college credit.  Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the College Board AP exam   in May.

Civics

Civics is a state-required course which is taught on the Senior level. It is designed to provide students with the basic information concerning the organization and function of the United States government on federal, state, and local levels.  Units studied also include foreign policy and current events. Increased knowledge and awareness of the political system should encourage better citizenship and more participation in the political system.

Government and Politics: United States  AP

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives high school students the opportunity to study college-level material and receive college credit.  This course explores the structure and history of American Government at an advanced level.  Writing and critical thinking skills are used daily in preparation for the AP examination. Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the College Board AP exam in May.

Psychology

During the first semester, this course devotes itself to the study of humans and their lives in groups. Topics covered range from socialization of infants and teenagers to problems of poverty, crime and health in our society.  Psychology is an introduction to the field of behavioral science during the second semester.  Personality formation and abnormal personality problems are studied as well as the theories of notable psychologists.

Psychology AP

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program gives high school students the opportunity to study college-level material and receive college credit.  This course explores the methods, approaches, and history of Psychology.  Writing and critical thinking skills are used daily in preparation for the AP examination.  Students enrolled in this course will be required to take the College Board AP exam in May.

Contemporary Issues

This course focuses on the important political, social, and cultural aspects of life in Modern Age. Emphasis is placed on how the events and societal changes from the post-Vietnam Era to the end of the 20th century affect the modern world today.

Economics

Economics is an elective which introduces basic economic concepts of supply and demand, banking, monetary policies, taxes, personal financial planning and literacy.  The focus will be on real-life problem solving and applications to help students make reasoned judgments in our complex and changing world. With this economic knowledge and these critical thinking skills, students will be ready to live and work productively.

Law Studies

The Law Studies course is designed to provide students with practical information about the law, and to provide problem solving opportunities that will assist in the development of knowledge and skills necessary to succeed.  The course will include a study of the major types of law (criminal, civil, juvenile, etc.), as well as the U.S. Constitution and major civil rights laws with real-life applications. The course strives to empower young people to be active engaged citizens who participate and create change in their communities.

 

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