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Global Studies

This course provides students an opportunity to study global issues, discovering ways to enact change towards a more equitable world. Global Action helps students better understand their world, and develop skills needed as they become “global citizens”. Throughout the course students investigate topics such as global development, social justice, human & civil rights, personal identity, pop culture, migration, and the environment. Participants will not only be informed about the events taking place around them, but also discover ways that people can become involved and make a difference. Activities include blogging/video conferences with schools in other countries, partnerships with local NGOs and non-profits, and community outreach opportunities. Students will participate in a culminating Take Action Project in which they will practice the global competencies they have acquired throughout the course of the year.


World History

The world history course focuses on a study of civilizations throughout the world with specific emphasis on cultural development, historical interaction, geographical influences, and current issues. By examining these topics, students can appreciate the individuality of each culture, the existence of global interdependency today, and the need for world cooperation.


Advanced Placement World History

AP World History is a yearlong class, meant to be the equivalent of a freshman-level college course. APWH covers the history of the world from approximately 1200 CE to the present, with early emphasis on the foundations of world history. The class is also designed to give equal coverage to all regions of the world. Coursework is based on college-level texts, primary source documents and outside readings. Special emphasis is given to historical writing through essay and document-based questions.


United States History

The focus of this U.S. history course is America in the twentieth century. Starting with a review of our nation’s beginnings and the spread of industrialism during the nineteenth century, students will study America’s Rise as a World Power, the Progressive Era/World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War and the Civil Rights movement. Students will study the history of our nation in preparation for understanding the world around them. They will receive a background in our cultural values, the political structure we created, the conflicts we have experienced, and the great number of cultures which influence our “American character.” Students will understand the issues we will face in the future: the environment, nuclear power, moral dilemmas, ethnic diversity, and international relations. They will grasp the importance of their role in facing these and other issues.


Advanced Placement United States History

This course is designed for the highly motivated student who desires a college-level course in high school. This detailed study of our nation's history requires extensive reading, writing, and studying. Students are expected to take a college Advanced Placement exam which, if passed, excuses them from certain undergraduate college history courses. Summer reading will be assigned. 


Economics

This course explores the basic tenets of our economic system, such as free enterprise, the market system, and supply and demand. In addition, we will look at alternative economic systems operating in other nations. Current events will consistently integrate into the course, allowing students to see the relevance of their studies in the context of the world in which they live.


Advanced Placement Microeconomics

This AP Microeconomics course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the function of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy.


American Government

This American civics course emphasizes informed citizenship and respect for others. It looks at our foundations of government and the modern role of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches. Current events are discussed in relation to their effects on our nation and on the individual. Modern legal and moral dilemmas are explored. Students will understand the importance of voting in both a local and national context and will be encouraged to register when they reach age 18.


Advanced Placement United States Government & Politics

Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics is designed to give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. Government and Politics and the analysis of specific examples. The course also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S government and politics. Throughout the semester-long course of study, students will become acquainted with a variety of theoretical perspectives and explanations for various behaviors and outcomes.


Ethnic Studies

In Ethnic Studies, student will learn about the many ethnic groups that exist in the United States, with a specific focus on the experiences of people of color. This class will also explore issues of power and privilege as they relate to race, class, gender, and religion. It is a class for all students who are working to prepare themselves for a diverse global economy and diverse schools, workplaces, and communities. 


AP Psychology

Focuses on several different facets of psychology: Scientific Foundations of Psychology, Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, Cognitive Psychology, Development Psychology, Motivation, Emotion, and Personality, and Social Psychology. This course will adhere to A-G requirements: academically challenging, involving substantial reading and writing, including problem-solving and laboratory work, as appropriate, demonstrating serious attention to analytical thinking and research skills, developing students’ oral and listening skills, incorporating learning to develop skills and cultivate interest in the academic enterprise.