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Upper School Social Sciences Courses

Upper School students are required to earn a minimum of three credits, including World History or AP European History, US History or AP US History, Government, and Economics.

World History

This Ninth grade course explores a survey of World History that will help students understand their own time and place while also providing a background that will make future history courses meaningful.  The course will endeavor to show the continuity of history, the influence of each era upon succeeding times, and the forces of historical cause and effect.  The course will cover the Renaissance through the latter half of the twentieth century.  Due to the vast amount of subject matter covered, certain areas will be surveyed while others will be studied more in-depth. Prerequisites:  None
HOPE Eligible                    

United States History 

This Tenth grade course endeavors to examine and explain “the American experience.” It not only covers the facts of American history but also focuses on the decisions, both positive and negative, that affect national events. Students are expected to gain insight into the reasons behind the events, and then, be able to form and defend opinions. It is a survey course, meaning that all areas will be covered; however, the instructor must give some topics and events lesser emphasis, while others will receive in-depth attention and study. The approach is chronological, beginning with native people and moving to the present.  Prerequisites:  None
HOPE Eligible                    

AP United States History

This course is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems faced by the United States.  Students will learn to assess historical materials, their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance.  The course will trace specific themes throughout the year, emphasizing the ways in which they are interconnected and examining the ways in which each helps to shape the changes over time that are so important to United States history. Prerequisite:  World History and departmental recommendation
HOPE Eligible                    

History of the Cold War

This course will highlight the major events, people, and places related to The Cold War between 1945 and 1991.  The focus of the course, however, will be to present examples of how The Cold War impacted popular culture of the day.  Examples include, but are not limited to, film, television, cartoons, music, art, video games, literature, periodicals, comics, merchandise, fashion, sports, language, folklore, fads, games, and values. Prerequisites:  US History
HOPE Eligible                    

AP European History

This course works to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of European history.  The course is divided into two semesters: (1) the Later Middle Ages through the French Revolution and (2) the Industrial Revolution to the present.  Areas of concentration include historical, political, and economic history coupled with an intense study of cultural and intellectual institutions and their development.  These areas are studied from a variety of perspectives with the hope of providing a balanced view of history. Prerequisites:  Departmental recommendation
HOPE Eligible                    

American Government

This semester Eleventh or Twelfth grade course focuses on our national constitution, the United States political system, origins of our government and federalism.  Specifics include: foundations of the US government, branches of the government, the US Constitution, civil liberties, influencing the government, and current events.  Students will familiarize themselves with our local, state, and national leaders and learn the importance of the leaders’ participation in our governmental systems.  Prerequisites:  None
HOPE Eligible                    


This semester Eleventh or Twelfth grade course emphasizes microeconomic concepts in the free enterprise system and expands to macroeconomic principles and institutions.   Students will learn what economics is and how it drives our nation.  Specifics include: economic systems, decision making, demand, supply, pricing, competition, money, banking, and the role of the government in our economy.  Students will learn about credit scores, investing, retirement options, auto purchasing, and budgeting. Prerequisites:  None
HOPE Eligible                                 

AP Psychology

This Eleventh or Twelfth grade course is connected to both social sciences and natural sciences. As a social science, psychology explores the influences of society on individual behavior and group relationships. As a natural science, psychology looks for biological explanations for human behavior. The goal of this course is to provide the tools necessary to help students gain insight into their own behavior and their relationships with others. The aim of Advanced Placement Psychology is to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Major topics include the following: History and Approaches, Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, States of Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, and Social Psychology. Prerequisites:  Departmental recommendation
HOPE Eligible








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