Course Offerings
9th Grade

World History
For rising 9th graders

World History, a conceptual history course, will briefly revisit ancient civilization and then explore later periods such as the medieval, Renaissance, and revolutionary eras as well as later patterns in nationalism, imperialism, industrialism, globalism, and world war.  The focus of the course will be key turning points that shaped the modern world in order to help students understand current issues. Skills in reading and writing about a variety of types of primary sources will be taught in preparation for the NC Final Exam.
 
 
World History Honors
For rising 9th graders

World History, a conceptual history course, will briefly revisit ancient civilization and then explore later periods such as the medieval, Renaissance, and revolutionary eras as well as later patterns in nationalism, imperialism, industrialism, globalism, and world war.  The focus of the course will be key turning points that shaped the modern world in order to help students understand current issues. Skills in reading and writing about a variety of types of primary sources will be taught in preparation for the NC Final Exam, and a greater variety of independent and rigorous class activities such as discussion, debate, and projects will be offered.


Civics and Economics Honors
For rising 9th graders
Freshmen who have the skills and interest for the most rigorous honors course and who want to move into AP courses their 10th grade year should take this class.

Civics and Economics Honors is a survey course in government and economics.  Students will explore units on the constitution, citizenship, federal, state, and local government, the legal system, as well as micro- and macro-economics.  The focus of the course will be on the broad concepts of the American political system such as democracy, representation, and federalism. Skills in reading and writing about a variety of types of primary sources will be taught in preparation for the NC Final Exam, and a greater variety of independent and rigorous class activities such as discussion, debate, and projects will be offered.


 




10th Grade

American History I
For rising 10th graders
Sophomores who take American I will complete this survey course by taking American II their junior year.

American History I, a conceptual history course, will begin with European exploration of the New World and end with the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of colonial America as well as the important political, economic, and social factors that contributed to the development of the independent United States by 1877.  Skills in reading and writing about a variety of types of primary sources will be taught in preparation for the NC Final Exam.

 
American History I Honors
For rising 10th graders
Sophomores who have the skills and interest for a more rigorous honors course should take American I Honors which will be followed by American II Honors during their junior year.

American History I Honors, a conceptual history course, will begin with European exploration of the New World and end with the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students will explore in greater depth the historical and intellectual origins of colonial America as well as the important political, economic, and social factors that contributed to the development of the independent United States by 1877.  Skills in reading and writing about primary sources will be taught in preparation for the NC Final Exam and a greater variety of independent and rigorous class activities such as discussion, debate, and projects will be offered.


AP World History
For rising 10th graders, or a senior elective
Sophomores who have the skills and interest for the most rigorous course and the desire to try to earn college credit should take this class; they should also register for AP World Research second semester.
 
This two-semester course provides students with the skills to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts.  Students will immerse themselves in the processes that, over time, will guide them through the steps a historian would take in analyzing historical events and evidence on a worldwide scale.  The course offers balanced global coverage with Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe each represented.  The understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills.  The course relies heavily on college-based texts, primary source documents, and outside readings.  Completing this course will prepare students for intermediate and advanced level college courses.  A summer portfolio will be required to prepare students to begin their examination of world history processes.  Students are required to take the AP examination.   


AP World History Research
For rising 10th graders, or a senior elective
You must register for AP World History as well.
 
This two-semester course provides students with the skills to develop greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts.  Students will immerse themselves in the processes that, over time, will guide them through the steps a historian would take in analyzing historical events and evidence on a worldwide scale.  The course offers balanced global coverage with Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe each represented.  The understanding is advanced through a combination of selective factual knowledge and appropriate analytical skills.  The course relies heavily on college-based texts, primary source documents, and outside readings.  Completing this course will prepare students for intermediate and advanced level college courses.  A summer portfolio will be required to prepare students to begin their examination of world history processes.  Students are required to take the AP examination.  
 





11th grade


American History II
For rising 11th graders
Sophomores who take American I will complete this survey course by taking American II their junior year.

American History II, a concept based history course, will begin with the Gilded Age and end with the late 20th century. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of 20th century America as well as the important political, economic, and social factors that contributed to the development of the independent United States by 2000.  Skills in reading and writing about a variety of types of primary sources will be taught in preparation for the NC Final Exam.


American History II Honors
For rising 11th graders
Sophomores who take American I will complete this survey course by taking American II their junior year.

American History II, a concept based history course, will begin with the Gilded Age and end with the late 20th century. Students will examine the historical and intellectual origins of 20th century America as well as the important political, economic, and social factors that contributed to the development of the independent United States by 2000. Skills in reading and writing about a variety of types of primary sources will be taught in preparation for the NC Final Exam and a greater variety of independent and rigorous class activities such as discussion, debate, and projects will be offered.


AP US History
For rising 11th-12th graders
Juniors who have the skills and interest for the most rigorous course and the desire to try to earn college credit should take this class; they must also register for AP US Research.

AP US history is the first half of a two semester college level survey course in the history of the United States.  Students will explore in great depth units such as the first peoples of the Americas, the colonial era, American Revolution, the new nation, Jacksonian Era, Civil War and Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age.  The focus of the course will be on the broad themes of American history such as immigration, geography and environment, national identity, democracy and power, tradition and reform, and war and diplomacy.  Advanced skills in reading primary and secondary sources as well as writing free response and document based essays will be learned and frequently practiced in preparation for the required AP exam.  Students will also conduct long term research on a topic of their choice using a wide variety of reliable historical sources.  Summer work is also required.


AP US History Research
For rising 11th-12th graders
You must register for AP US History as well.

AP US history is the second half of a two semester college level survey course in the history of the United States.  Students will explore in great depth units such as the Progressive Era, 1920s and Great Depression, the World Wars, the 1950s and Cold War, and the post Cold War era.  The focus of the course will be on the broad themes of American history such as immigration, geography and environment, national identity, democracy and power, tradition and reform, war and diplomacy, and globalism.  Further skills in reading primary and secondary sources as well as practice in writing free response and document based essays will occur frequently.  Students will also create and present a history day style project to the class based upon their first semester research.  All students will be required to take the AP US exam in May.




12th Grade


Civics and Economics
For rising 12th graders

Civics and Economics is a survey course in government and economics.  Students will explore units on the constitution, citizenship, federal, state, and local government, the legal system, as well as micro- and macro-economics.  The focus of the course will be on the broad concepts of the American political system such as democracy, representation, and federalism. Skills in reading and writing about a variety of types of primary sources will be taught in preparation for the NC Final Exam.
 
 
Civics and Economics Honors
For rising 12th graders

Civics and Economics Honors is a survey course in government and economics.  Students will explore in depth units on the constitution, citizenship, federal, state, and local government, the legal system, as well as micro- and macro-economics.  The focus of the course will be on the broad concepts of the American political system such as democracy, representation, and federalism. Skills in reading and writing about a variety of types of primary sources will be taught in preparation for the NC Final Exam, and a greater variety of independent and rigorous class activities such as discussion, debate, and projects will be offered. 
 
 
AP US Government and Politics
For rising 12th grade students
Seniors who have the skills and interest for a more rigorous course and the desire to try to earn college credit should take this class.

A basic college-level survey course in US government, this ONE SEMESTER course will cover topics such as the constitution, political beliefs, parties and interest groups, the branches of government, public policy, and civil rights.  Students will explore current issues; they will discuss, research, debate, and write about policy issues. Regardless of which semester the course is taken, students will take the AP exam in May to qualify for college credit.  Note: As this course does not include units on economics, it cannot replace the graduation requirement of Civics and Economics.
 
 
AP Human Geography (coming soon in 2016-17)

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