Social Studies Course Descriptions

Social Studies Course Descriptions




Grade 9


This course requires students to study the concepts of responsibility, authority, justice, and participation as they relate to the form and function of government. Students are also required to take the state assessment in Government. Successful completion of this course earns the required Government credit.



Grade 10


This course will cover the period from the Renaissance to the present. The student studies the people and events that have shaped our world since the early Middle Ages. The course culminates with a study of the twentieth century. Successful completion of this course earns the required World History credit.



Grades 10-12


This college level course involves a study of the changes in the political, diplomatic, international, cultural, societal, and economic make up of Europe from 1450 to the present. At the completion of this course, students are eligible to take the College Board Advanced Placement Test. This course can be substituted for World History to meet the necessary requirement for graduation.



Grade 11


This course will cover the period of United States history from 1865 to the present. It is designed to increase student understanding of how the nation grew in power and prestige throughout the last 125 years. Successful completion of this course earns the required United States History credit.



Grade 11


AP U.S. History is a two-semester survey of American history from the age of exploration and discovery to the present.  The course is developed as a text based course with instruction delivered in traditional and multimedia formats, interactive and investigative assignments, discussions and traditional quizzes and tests.  Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography.  There are no prerequisites to taking AP U.S. History.  Students must be prepared for a rigorous study of American history with an emphasis on reading, writing and analyzing secondary texts and primary documents.  The course will prepare students to take and successfully pass the College Board’s Advanced Placement U.S. History Exam.



Grades 11 -12


This course provides an overview to the discipline of psychology. Course content will include psychological methods, intelligence and testing, learning, social psychology, and biological influences on behavior.



Grades 11-12


This course involves the study of human interaction, social institutions, and fundamental social processes. Some specific topics include the problems of deviant behavior and social adjustment, patterns of cooperation, competition and conflict, juvenile delinquency, drug and alcohol abuse, and the family structure.



Grade 9


This course provides an opportunity for students to be introduced to the skills, strategies, and knowledge base necessary for a successful high school experience and to begin the process of planning for life beyond high school. Students are oriented to the expectations for a high school student (Rights and Responsibilities) and provided an opportunity to develop academic (Research, Identification of Learning Strengths and Weaknesses) and leadership skills. The goals of this course are integrated in a social studies framework that includes an intense focus on the world in the present from economic, political, geographical, and historical perspectives. Included in this course is an introduction to career development and the Career Cluster system.