Courses & Curriculum

Students are required to take three full-year courses, including two years of United States History and one year of World History. It is strongly suggested that students also take electives in social studies for a full & comprehensive experience.

World History

Grade 9

This course is a one-year survey of world history that traces the development and contributions of civilizations in different parts of the world. Primary emphasis is placed on cultures in Europe, the Far East, Africa, and the Americas. The course begins with a brief review of major political and cultural legacies of the classical and medieval worlds. Time will then be spent examining the major historical, scientific and cultural events from the Renaissance through the Industrial Revolution. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on the impact of Western exploration and imperialism on non-Western civilizations in this era. The final units will introduce students to the major global events of the 20th century and the post WWII era of globalization. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills that allow students to understand the past and apply those skills to questions they will encounter in the future.

Global Studies

Grade 9

This one-year interdisciplinary Global Studies class is a double-period course that combines freshman year English and World History. Two teachers, one from English and one from the Social Studies Department, will teach the class. Global Studies creates an environment that encourages students to make connections between world literature and world history. This course will trace the development and contributions of civilizations in different parts of the world. Primary emphasis is placed on the history and literature of cultures of Europe, the Far East, Africa and the Americas. The course will begin with an examination of the major political, scientific and cultural events from the Renaissance through the Industrial Revolution. In addition, an emphasis will be placed on the impact of Western exploration and imperialism on non-Western civilizations in this era. The final units will introduce students to the major global events of the 20 th Century and the post WWII era of globalization. Students will examine themes and literature that address current political, social, and economic trends and events that influence today’s world. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills that allow students to understand the past and apply those skills to questions they will encounter in the future.

U.S. history I

Grade 10

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete the World History requirement prior to entry into U.S. I.

The course presents a survey of our nation's history from early colonial times through late 19th century industrialization. It aims to build in the student an understanding of the foundations of our government and the ideals on which the nation was constructed; an awareness of the problems that developed as the nation expanded; and an appreciation of the experiences and contributions of Americans in all walks of life. Students will examine current American political, social, and economic trends in light of their historical antecedents. Emphasis is placed on the development of appropriate skills that allow students to understand the past and apply those skills to questions they will encounter in the future. The role of citizens in a democracy is also investigated from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

Honors U.s. History I

Grade 10

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete the World History requirement prior to entry into U.S. History 1. Admission to this course is by application.

This course is open to those students who have demonstrated the highest level of ability and interest in history. Students will be prepared in a two-year accelerated program to take the Advanced Placement American History examination at the end of their junior year. Reading and interpretative writing assignments are substantial. This full-year course covers the history of the United States from early colonial times through industrialization, with special emphasis placed on the evolution of political, economic, social, and intellectual patterns of the 19th century as they influenced the nation's development. Students analyze the trends of historical interpretation dealing with this span of history through the use of primary sources. Students will examine current American political, social, and economic trends in light of their historical antecedents. Emphasis is placed on the development of appropriate skills that allow students to understand the past and apply those skills to questions they will encounter in the future. The role of citizens in a democracy is also investigated from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

This course will require a summer assignment.

U.S. History II

Grade 11

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete the U.S. History 1 Survey course prior to entry.

The course continues the survey of United States history starting with the Progressive Era and concluding with the Obama Administration and an analysis of the future global role of the U.S. in the 21st century. The evolution of the United States from a 19th century agrarian society to its present-day, complex, post-industrial society is traced. Current affairs are analyzed in relationship to these developments. In addition, the course builds on the skills learned in World History and US 1 as students continue to analyze the American experience in both local and global terms. Historical and contemporary political, social, and economic issues are investigated as a means to develop skills that students can transfer to questions they may encounter in the future.

Honors U.S. History II

Grade 11

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete the U. S. History 1 course prior to entry. Admission to this course is by application.

Successful students in Honors U.S. History II demonstrate a deep interest in the study of history at an advanced level, the ability to analyze and write effectively and the desire to participate actively in class discussions. A considerable amount of time is spent outside the classroom on reading and analyzing a variety of sources, both primary and secondary. The course continues the survey of United States history, starting with the Progressive Era and concluding with the Obama Administration and an analysis of the future global role of the U.S. in the 21st century. Placing emphasis on historical research and the analysis and interpretation of primary sources, the evolution of the United States from a 19th century agrarian society to its present-day post-industrial society is traced. In addition, the course builds on the skills learned in World History and U.S. History 1 as students continue to analyze the American experience in both local and global terms. Historical and contemporary political, social, and economic issues are investigated as a means to develop skills that students can transfer to questions they may encounter in the future.

This course will require a summer assignment.

AP United States History II

Grade 11

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete World History and U.S. History 1 prior to entry. Admission to this course is by application.

This course is open to those students who have demonstrated a high level of ability and a deep interest in history. Students must devote a considerable amount of time to outside reading requirements and be able to participate actively in class discussion. The course continues the survey of United States history, starting with the Progressive Era and U.S. Imperialism at the turn of the century and concluding with the Obama Administration and an analysis of the future global role of the U.S. in the 21st century. Placing emphasis on historical research and the analysis and interpretation of primary sources, the evolution of the United States from a 19th century agrarian society to its present-day, complex, post-industrial society is traced. ​

This course will require a summer assignment. All students enrolled in an AP class are required to prepare and take the AP exam in May.

Electives

AP European History

Grade 12

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete 9th grade World History, U.S. History 1, and U.S. History 2 prior to entry. Admission is by application.

This full-year course follows the Advanced Placement curriculum from the Renaissance to the present in Europe and builds upon the World History curriculum. Students taking this course should demonstrate a high level of ability and a deep interest in history. Students should expect to devote considerable time to outside reading requirements and be able to participate actively in class discussions. ​

This course will require a summer assignment. All students enrolled in an AP class are required to prepare for and take the AP exam in May.

AP macroeconomics

Grades 11 & 12

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete 9th grade World History, U.S. History 1, and successfully complete Algebra II/Trigonometry prior to entry.

This one-semester AP Macroeconomics course explores the economic system as a whole. Students develop a thorough understanding of key economic concepts including national income and price-level determination, measures of economic performance, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. As the class reflects the sophistication of a college-level course, students should expect to devote considerable time to outside readings/assignments. ​

This course will require a summer assignment. All students enrolled in an AP class are required to prepare for and take the AP exam in May.

AP US government & politics

Grades 11 & 12

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete World History and United States History 1 prior to entry. Admission to this course is by application.

This one-semester course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It includes the study of the constitutional underpinnings used to interpret American politics with an analysis of specific examples. Students will investigate how political beliefs, political parties, interest groups, mass media, and the institutions of the national government shape their political process. ​

This course will require a summer assignment. All students enrolled in an AP class are required to prepare for and take the AP exam in May.

AP World History

Grade 12

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete 9th grade World History, U.S. History 1, and U.S. History 2 prior to entry. Admission is by application.

This full-year course follows the AP curriculum and will examine the evolution of cross-cultural global contacts and analyze the way in which the world’s major civilizations have interacted since 8,000 B.C.E. The program is built around five overarching themes which emphasize elements such as the interaction between humans and the environment, the interaction of cultures, state-building, competing economic systems and the transformation of social structures. These themes provide a framework to make comparisons over time and across cultures. Students should expect to devote considerable time to outside reading in both texts and supplemental primary and secondary sources. ​

This course will require a summer assignment. All students enrolled in an AP class are required to prepare for and take the AP exam in May.

European History

1914-Present Grade 11 & 12

This one-semester course examines the major trends in European politics, economics, and social/cultural history from 1914 to the present. The program will build upon the understandings gained in the 9th grade World History curriculum. It will also provide students with an opportunity to pursue interests in the study of 20th century Europe, as well as contemporary events shaping the continent (i.e. Brexit, immigration, etc.).

Film and History in Society

Grades 11 & 12

List of Films

This one-semester course will examine the relationship between motion pictures and history. The class will study films that have influenced society and films that depict historical events. Students will examine how films reflect the social and political environment of the time in which they are produced. Students will research the use and role of film in history as well as the accuracy/inaccuracy of historical films.

Money, Markets & Investing

Grades 10, 11 & 12

This one-semester course is designed to introduce students to career opportunities and money management. Recognizing and developing one’s skills and finding suitable professional opportunities will be examined, before introducing the basics of money management and investing. Students will participate in a trading/investing simulation as part of the learning experience to understand further how financial markets work. This course fulfills the financial literacy graduation requirement.

US in INternational Affairs

Grades 11 & 12

PREREQUISITES: Students must complete at least one year of United States History

Global interactions and the role of the United States as a member of the international community are the focus of this course. Students investigate topics such as world population and development, human rights, environmental concerns, international trade, American foreign policy, and security threats including nuclear proliferation and terrorism. Students are exposed to the world and varying points of view on global issues through a variety of different international sources including print, film/video, websites etc. Students examine select regional case studies to develop their understanding of regional and global conflicts. Considerable time is spent making sense of current world conflicts, challenges, and events.

Holocaust & Genocide studies

Grades 10, 11 & 12

Those students who have completed World History and at least one year of U.S. History may take this one semester class as an elective. The class is designed to offer students an opportunity to explore and evaluate the history and motivations for some of the darkest moments of the 20th/21st centuries. Starting with the Holocaust, factors that foster and enable genocides to occur will be examined. Major events and concepts include a history of anti-semitism, Jewish life before the Holocaust, Hitler's rise to power, Jews in Germany and Europe, World War II, Poland and the death camps, the Final Solution, resistance and rescue, the U.S.'s response, liberation, and the Nuremberg Trials. The course will then investigate other select examples of genocide using relevant concepts and terms from the Holocaust case study (i.e. Armenia, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia, and Sudan). This course seeks to uncover the various themes and patterns of genocides, honor those who have been lost in ethnic conflict, and remember their history and legacy in order to prevent this pattern from occurring again.

Law

Grades 11 & 12

This one-semester course is designed for those students interested in an introduction to the law and its role in today's society. Students examine the individual's relationship with government. Selected court decisions are analyzed, and legal rights and obligations are emphasized in a practical way. While the focus is on the American legal system, global examples and connections are incorporated into the instruction. The course will also assist students in developing their ability to defend both sides of a legal question, orally and in writing.

Sociology

Grades 11 & 12

This one-semester course is designed to expose the students to the basic principles and concepts of group behavior. Students will focus on culture, socialization, social change, group dynamics and social institutions using local, national and global examples. Equipped with an understanding of these principles and concepts, the student will explore contemporary social problems.