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Social Studies

Grade 10
Honors American History 10

Grade:  10                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                5.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the previous year’s Social Studies class with an “A” or “B” average and recommendation of the Social Studies teacher who taught that particular class.
Students will study American history from 1865 to the present.  Particular attention will be paid to changes in the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of American history.  The goal of this course is to understand the development of the United States in the 20th Century.  Special emphasis will be placed on primary sources, literature, historical debates, and the historical foundations of current national and international issues. Extensive reading and writing assignments should be expected. 

American History 10  Academic

Grade:  10                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 9th grade Global Studies
Students will study American history from 1865 to the present.  Particular attention will be paid to changes in the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of American history.  The goal of this course is to understand the development of the United States in the 20th Century. Independent outside reading and writing assignments are required.

American History 10

Grade:  10                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 9th grade Global Studies
Students will study American history from 1865 to the present.  Particular attention will be paid to changes in the political, economic, social, and cultural aspects of American history.  The goal of this course is to understand the development of the United States in the 20th Century.  Some independent outside reading and writing assignments should be expected. 
* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

Grade 11

AP U.S. Government & Politics

Grade:  11                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                5.5 Quality Points
Prerequisite: Successful completion of the previous year’s Social Studies class with an “A” or “B” average and recommendation of the Social Studies teacher who taught that particular class

In this rigorous class, students will conduct in-depth studies into the foundations and current issues of the American governmental and political systems, with a very heavy emphasis on reading and writing inside the classroom and out.  Students are expected to be highly motivated and able to perform high-level thinking and writing as most of the class will focus on the complicated legal, social, moral, and historical questions and issues that have been a part of the American government since before 1776.  Students who complete this class and score well on the AP exam in the spring may qualify for advanced credit in college.  Independent reading and writing assignments should be expected. 

Honors Civics & Government

Grade:  11                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                5.0 Quality Points
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of previous year’s Social Studies class with an “A” or “B” average and recommendation of the Social Studies teacher who taught that particular class

The goal of this course is to give students a foundation and understanding of our democratic government and the active role citizenship play in all areas of our civic life. Particular focus will be placed on the foundations of citizenship, the creation of our government, the three levels of the government, and the American legal system.  Students will be provided with an opportunity to conduct in-depth research and debate current issues in our society and the world as well as encouraging them to critique or support current issues, laws, policies and constitutional issues.  Independent reading and writing assignments should be expected.

Civics & Government – Academic

Grade:  11                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 10th grade American History

The goal of this course is to give students a foundation and understanding of our democratic government and the active role citizenship play in all areas of our civic life. Particular focus will be placed on the foundations of citizenship, the creation of our government, the three levels of the government, and the American legal system.  Independent reading and writing assignments are required.

Civics & Government – Foundations

Grade:  11                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 10th grade American History
The goal of this course is to give students a foundation and understanding of our democratic government and the active role citizenship play in all areas of our civic life. Particular focus will be placed on the foundations of citizenship, the creation of our government, the three levels of the government, and the American legal system.  Some independent reading and writing assignments should be expected.

* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

Grade 12

AP Psychology 12

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                5.5 Quality Points

PrerequisiteStudents wishing to take this course will need to have finished Honors American History  with an “A” or “B” average, or Academic American History with an “A” average, and have the recommendation of the Social Studies teacher who taught that particular class
In this rigorous class, students will do in-depth studies into the foundations and current issues of the American Governmental and Political systems.  There is a strong emphasis on reading and writing inside the classroom and out.  Students are expected to be highly motivated and able to perform high-level thinking and writing as most of the class will focus on the complicated legal, social, moral and historical questions and issues that have been a part of the American government since before 1776.  Students who complete this class and score well on the AP Exam in the spring may qualify for advanced credit in college.  Independent reading and writing assignments should be expected.

Honors Psychology 12

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                5.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of the previous year’s Social Studies class with an “A” or “B” average and recommendation of the Social Studies teacher who taught that particular class
In Honors Psychology, students will look at the individual human experience through physical, mental, and emotional processes.  The foundation of this rigorous course is designed so the student can relate modern psychological studies to their daily lives in the past, present, and future life experiences.  The class will focus on the methods of studying behavior, senses and perception, consciousness, sleep and dreams, intelligence and creativity, human development, conflict, stress and coping mental disorders, and treatment.  This class will require considerable reading and writing both inside and outside the classroom.  

Psychology 12  Academic

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 11th-grade Civics and teacher recommendation
The Psychology course is designed so students can relate modern psychological studies to their daily lives in the past, present, and future life experiences.  This subject looks at the individual human experience through physical, mental, and emotional processes.  The course will focus on the methods of studying behavior, senses and perception, consciousness, sleep and dreams, intelligence and creativity, human development, conflict, stress, and coping, and mental disorders and treatment.

Economics 12  Academic

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Students must have completed Academic Algebra 2
The Academic Economics class is designed to teach students how to deal with the real-world problems they should expect to face throughout their economic lives. Students will be combining the study of traditional Micro/Macro Economics while learning how to apply those lessons to their new comprehensive knowledge of global, political, and personal budgeting, banking, and credit.  Topics will include the role Micro/Macro Economics plays in universal and private credit, individual credit cards, loans, investments (401k, IRA, Stocks, etc.), homeownership, and employment.  Students should be prepared to study current domestic and foreign markets, structures and key economic indicators that trigger specific trends in the current intertwined world market and assess what these indicators and trends mean to them and their money. This course is designed to continually build on concepts throughout the year so that students will attain a firm grasp of the interconnectedness of economics and how it affects their own lives and the world around them.

Micro/Macro 12

Grade:  12                      18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Recommendation of the 11th grade Social Studies teacher
The Micro/Macro Economics course is designed to deal with real-world problems every student should expect to face.  The goal is to provide a basic understanding of the skills necessary for employment, banking, investing, property ownership, and budgeting. A solid foundation of necessary math skills is required for tasks such as creating household budgets, calculating mortgage and loan payments, etc. 
* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

Honors Modern American Military History 12

Grade:  12                       18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:   Civics with a grade of “B” or better or administrative approval
This course focuses on the history and development of the United States military from World War II to the present day.  Special attention is paid to the major conflicts of this period, foreign policy, and the effects of peacetime in the military.  The class will focus on military science, significant battles, weapons technology, and personalities that have shaped the American army.  Also, controversial issues and topics related to the growth and development of the U.S. Military since World War II and the effects of those controversies on America as a whole will be analyzed.  This class will require considerable reading and writing both inside and outside of the classroom.
* This course is not approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse

Modern American Military History 12  Academic

Grade:  12                               18 Weeks                               1.0 Credit                                4.0 Quality Points

Prerequisite:  Successful completion of 11th-grade Civics and teacher recommendation  
This course focuses on the history and development of the United States military from the Civil War to the present day. In addition to studying significant battles, weapons, and personalities that have shaped the American army, students will also develop an understanding of American foreign policy, military strategy and the role technology has played in altering the plan and structures of the American military.

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