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Social Studies Courses

Social Studies Courses

World History

45.08307 | 10th grade | full year | 1 credit

Students will be exploring the history of human beings on this planet. The course explores the cultures, religions, wars, and stories of the people from all over the world. Students will leave the class with a more sophisticated understanding of the world we live in. Students will work on the development of reading skills, note taking skills, essay writing (esp. thesis statements), geography skills, and critical/historical thinking skills.

AP World History

45.08117 | 10th grade | full year | 1 credit

AP World History is a rigorous, college-level course designed to explore human history from 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The course emphasizes the development of analytical/critical thinking and composition skills necessary for success at the collegiate level. To this end, the course devotes considerable time to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, analysis of historiography (the principles, theories, or methodology of scholarly historical research and presentation) and inquiry into global connections that have shaped our present world. A special emphasis will be given to preparation for the National AP Exam, including historical writing through essay and document-based questions.

Greek and Roman Mythology - Elective

45.08117 | 10th grade | full year | 1 credit

We will look at the principal myths and mythological figures of ancient Greece and Rome, as well as a brief look at the reception of various myths in later literature and art. No previous knowledge of either Greek or Roman mythology is presumed. Beyond receiving a thorough introduction to mythology, students will be encouraged to examine how Greco-Roman mythology is present in their daily lives and how it has shaped Western civilization. Studying mythology will lead to a closer examination of a variety of cultural topics: for example, how is the myth of Narcissus linked to the flower of the same name? How is it linked to “narcissism”? How do books like Percy Jackson and The Olympians borrow from mythological stories? Why do these stories continue to resonate after thousands of years? Why does Classical mythology continue to permeate pop culture? How can you achieve cultural literacy through studying mythology?

US History

45.08107 | 11th grade | full year | 1 credit

US History explores the history of this land – our people, our institutions, and our actions. We will take a chronological approach to the study of US History, and explore each time period by looking at intellectual/cultural history, social/economic history, and political/diplomatic history. The course will balance a “birds-eye view” perspective (through the use of current scholarship on major themes in US History) with an “up close and personal” look at historical documents (letters, transcripts) and cultural products (paintings, photographs, and excerpts from literature). Additionally, students should expect to revisit and further develop understanding and mastery of key social studies concepts and skills from their 11th grade year.

AP US History

45.28207 | 11th grade | full year | 1 credit

AP US History is designed to be the equivalent of a college-level freshman US History course and prepare students for the AP Examination in May. An emphasis is placed on analytical skills, the acquisition of factual knowledge, interpretation of documents, and writing critical essays. Students who do what is required of them will become better writers and more sophisticated critical thinkers. As a bonus, students who pass the AP US History exam will be recognized by nearly every university in the country as worthy of being awarded college credit. This is a college course in every way.

American Government

45.05700 | 12th grade | half-year | .5 credit

This one semester course will explore American government and students will learn how to become active citizens in our democratic republic. The course is designed around three “dimensions” of citizenship: (1) Studying Government, (2) Observing Government and Political Behavior, and (3) Ongoing Civic Action and Participation. All of our readings, activities, research, and action will be geared toward developing these dimensions of citizenship. As a senior-level, culminating Social Studies course, students will also need to demonstrate mastery and understanding of key Social Studies concepts and skills.


46.06100 | 12th grade | half-year | .5 credit

Economics – usually 2nd semester Senior Year focuses on global topics: 1) the globalized nature of economics in the 21st century, and 2) the individual’s role as a globally-informed citizen of the United States. Therefore, the topics and units of this course are designed to both help students analyze and understand the universal principles of the market economy and provide the skills necessary to be lifelong learners in Social Studies.

World Geography and Ancient History

45.071107 | 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade | half-year | .5 credit

World geography is the study of how human activity is affected by the surface of the earth. This course deals with human interactions, cultures, and development based upon one’s location, climate and available resources. Major areas of study in this course include: government formation, economics, gender roles, societal hierarchies, art, religion, and interactions with other societies.