World History

World History is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about the start of different civilizations and the growth of cultures throughout the world. Beginning with Prehistory and Stone Age people a wide variety of civilizations are studied leading up to the Renaissance and Reformation. Examples of topics covered include: Ancient Egypt (7000 B.C. - 30 B.C.), Ancient India and China (2500 B.C.), Ancient Greece (2000 B.C. - 133 B. C.), Ancient Rome (509B.C. - 180 B.C.), Ancient Africa and the Americas (3000 B.C. - 1532 B.C.), as well as Sumerian Civilizations and Medieval Times. Along with tests and quizzes, students are required to complete two research projects throughout the year. Current events are also incorporated into the curriculum and comparisons are made to ancient times with today's society.

Textbook: World History, Patterns of Civilization (Prentice Hall Publishers)


United States History I

The course explores the beginnings of civilization in our hemisphere with the emphasis on the United States. The course begins with a review of the early South American cultures and will work through the explorations and the early colonization period. The development of self-government will be examined followed by a study of the American Revolution, our first attempts at unification, and their effect upon the framing of the U. S. Constitution. The formation of political parties and the rise of nationalism and sectionalism will be researched as to how they impacted upon the causes of the Civil War. The course ends with the Reconstruction Period and the opening of the West.


AP US History I

Part one of the Advanced Placement program is taken during a student's Junior year in place of the standard U. S. History I class. Beginning the with the "Age of Discovery" and the period of initial discovery by Columbus, the course establishes the foundation of U. S. History and analyzes the issues and problems that the U. S. history and analyzes the issues and problems that the U. S. Encountered during its infancy. Students are asked to analyze primary source documents that pertain to the relevant period and incorporate these documents in their writing. Emphasis is placed on political and governmental challenges associated with the American Revolution as well as the Civil War. Analysis of how the republic evolved through the period of Jacksonian Democracy will also be a major focus of this first year. This survey concludes with the post Civil War Reconstruction period and the problems facing late nineteenth century America.


United States History II

Beginning with the post Civil War Reconstruction Era, this course provides students with an overview of the period in U. S. History from 1865 through the present. Emphasis is placed on historical interpretation in the form of analytical writing. Students will be asked to apply current issues and statutes to historically significant events in order to better understand the development of the U. S. As an advanced industrial society. Students will focus on issues such as industrialization, urbanization, imperialism, and radicalism. They will also analyze particular periods/events in history, including the Progressive Era, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War Era while paying particular attention to the social and governmental forces at work within American society.


AP US History II

The second section of Advanced Placement U. S. History is to be taken during the student's Senior year and continues with the same format and independent structure as Advanced Placement U. S. I. Beginning with the era of westward expansion and the industrial boom following the Civil War, students will cover the period from 1865 through the present. This course provides an in-depth study of social issues that were pertinent during the late nineteenth-early twentieth centuries. Students will be asked to assess the relevance of historical issues in modern society and will better understand the evolution of the United States from a "disjointed" union to the world's premier industrial power.


Youth and Citizens' Law

This course takes a look at the ideas and beliefs that Americans share. In addition, it focuses on the rights and duties of citizens and the local and federal government. The course also takes an in-depth study of criminal and civil law, focusing on their structures and procedures. Case studies will be used to help in the understanding of the law and how it affects active citizens. In addition, students will examine laws that affect them as teenagers today.

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