This course studies the development of the United States from the Colonial Period to the present. Political, social, economic, geographic, and cultural perspectives are examined.

AP US History a focuses on the political, social, and economic, and
cultural development of our nation, from the colonial period through
the Civil War and Reconstruction. The course examines the major
events of this time period and the contributions of various
ethnic groups. It offers students the opportunity to investigate,
discuss, and interpret the important concepts of American history in
greater depth than is done in the U.S. History Survey a/b course. AP
US History a/b are designed to prepare students for the AP US History
exam.

This college-level course offers an in-depth study of the development
and influence of European history in the modern era. Topics will
include the Renaissance, the Reformation and Counter Reformation,
religious wars of Europe, state building, absolutism, science and
the Enlightenment, and the French Revolution. In order to prepare
students to take the AP exam, each period studied will address the
themes of intellectual and cultural history, political and diplomatic
history, and social and economic history. Units will also draw from
a list of primary and secondary sources to supplement the textbook.
Students will also be introduced to the process of historical analysis
writing. AP European History a and AP European History b prepares
students for the AP exam in European History.

This course will survey the major religions of the world, with emphasis on developing the student’s personal understanding and acceptance. Students will analyze and compare the origins of each faith, prophets and founders, rites of birth and death, and beliefs about the afterlife, nature and deities. Major religious festivals and venerated art, music, and literature will also be examined.

  • origins of each faith
  • major festivals/calendars
  • views on mortality and the afterlife
  • beliefs about nature and deities
  • prophets and founders
  • rituals
  • venerated literature
  • sacred art and music

Contemporary Global Issues focuses on the United States and its
relationship with the rest of the world. Though time will be spent on
the history of global interaction, special emphasis will be given to current
international issues and global interdependence. Potential topics
include a comparison of political and economic systems, the United
Nations, world trade, environmental issues, human rights, and global
conflict and resolution. This class will be research and discussion
based.

This course is offered to those students who seek additional academic challenges and wish to prepare for a more rigorous course of study within the social studies curriculum. This course will offer an in-depth study of the locations, landforms, climate, and natural resources of each of the world’s major geographic regions. Students will also make a thorough examination of the history and culture of each region with an emphasis on understanding the major issues of today. An emphasis on critical thinking skills and writing will be employed in this class. This course is highly recommended for those students looking to continue on with the AP and value added classes offered within the social studies curriculum.