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Social Studies

Students are required to earn 3 credits in social studies with those credits being in World History, US History, US Government, and Economics.   The courses a student can take are as follows:

Advanced Placement Human Geography
The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of the Earth's surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in
their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012).

World History Honors
The grade 9-12 World History course consists of the following content area strands: World History, Geography and Humanities. This course is a continued in-depth study of the history of civilizations and societies from the middle school course, and includes the history of civilizations and societies of North and South America. Students will be exposed to historical periods leading to the beginning of the 21st Century. So that students can clearly see the relationship between cause and effect in historical events, students should have the opportunity to review those fundamental ideas and events from ancient and classical civilizations.

AP World History
The purpose of the AP World History course is to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies. This understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills. The course highlights the nature of changes in international frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. The course emphasizes relevant factual knowledge deployed in conjunction with leading interpretive issues and types of historical evidence. The course builds on an understanding of cultural, institutional, and technological precedents that,along with geography, set the human stage. Periodization, explicitly discussed, forms an organizing principle for dealing
with change and continuity throughout the course. Specific themes provide further organization to the course, along with the consistent attention to contacts among societies that form the core of world history as a field of study.


Advanced Placement European History
This course is designed to build on the student's factual knowledge in order to become familiar with the following: an understanding of the principle themes in modern European history; an awareness of the consequences of European
contacts with other parts of the world; and an ability to analyze historical evidence. Studies cover the Renaissance to the Contemporary period.

United States History Honors
The grade 9-12 United States History course consists of the following content area strands: United States History, Geography, and Humanities. The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of United States history
from Reconstruction to the present day. Students will be exposed to the historical, geographic, political, economic, and sociological events which influenced the development of the United States and the resulting impact on world history. So that students can clearly see the relationship between cause and effect in historical events, students should have the opportunity to review those fundamental ideas and events which occurred before the end of Reconstruction.

Advanced Placement United States History
Students understand the development of the United States within the context of history by examining connections to the past to prepare for the future as participating members of a democratic society. Students use knowledge pertaining to history, geography, economics, political processes, religion, ethics, diverse cultures and humanities to solve problems in academic, civic, social and employment settings.

United States Government Honors
The grade 9-12 United States Government course consists of the following content area strands: Geography, Civics and Government. The primary content for the course pertains to the study of government institutions and political
processes and their historical impact on American society. Content should include, but is not limited to, the functions and purpose of government, the function of the state, the constitutional framework, federalism, separation of powers, functions of the three branches of government at the local, state and national level, and the political decision-making process.

Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics
Students acquire a critical perspective of politics and government in the United states. They learn general concepts used to interpret American politics and analyze specific case studies. Students also become familiar with the various
institutions, groups, beliefs and ideas that constitute the American political perspective.

Economics with Financial Literacy Honors
The grade 9-12 Economics course consists of the following content area strands: Economics and Geography. The primary content emphasis for this course pertains to the study of the concepts and processes of the national and international economic systems. Content should include, but is not limited to, currency, banking, and monetary policy, the fundamental concepts relevant to the major economic systems, the global market and economy, major economic
theories and economists, the role and influence of the government and fiscal policies, economic measurements, tools, and methodology, financial and investment markets, and the business cycle.


Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual economic decision makers. The course also develops students' familiarity with the operation of product and factor markets, distributions of income, market failure, and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

Advanced Placement Psychology
This course introduces the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.