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Social Studies Advanced Courses

Advanced & Honors Social Studies Classes

AP European History:

The study of European history since 1450 introduces students to cultural, economic, political, and social developments that played a fundamental role in shaping the world in which they live. Without this knowledge, we would lack the context for understanding the development of contemporary institutions, the role of continuity and change in present-day society and politics, and the evolution of current forms of artistic expression and intellectual discourse.

Grade Level: 10th, 11th, or 12th


Course/Grade prerequisite: Meet the entrance requirements. Continuing students need a B- or better in Advanced World Geography.  Students in regular College Prep World Geography need to have an A- or higher.  All other candidates need to take an entrance exam.


The following summer reading/work is required.


There will be an open notebook test on the following:


Intro Chapter and Chapter 9 of The Western Heritage: Since 1300, Kagan.

Contact information: Please contact Mr.Doherty (Room 107 or Mr. Hodges (Room 108 or


AP US History:

College level survey course examining US history from 1607 to 1990, utilizing primary and secondary documents.  Students will be expected to read ~ one chapter per week from the text The American Pageant as well as a number ancillary materials.  All of this is to prepare the student to take the national APUS exam in May for college credit.  Students should expect seven to nine hours of homework per week.

Grade Level: 11th         

Course/Grade prerequisite: Pass the test or an A- or better in semester one of both current History and English classes. Continuing students need a B- or better in AP European History.

The following summer reading/work is required.

Students are expected to purchase, and then read and take notes on “Lies My Teacher Told Me” and “Killer Angels”.  There will be an exam on the two books the first week of school. Students that do not do both readings will not be in the class.

Contact information: Please contact Mr. Bristol (Room 121 or or Mr. Chilcott (Room 103 or )


AP Psychology:

This class will challenge the student to study psychology at the college level. You will learn about the latest research findings regarding the brain, the mind, and behavior. Units studied will include research methods, consciousness, sensation and perception, neuro-anatomy, motivation and emotion, learning theory, mental illness, personality theory, development, etc. This course is designed for the accelerated student seeking college credit through the advanced placement test. It is expected that all students enrolled in this course will take the national AP test in the spring.

Grade Level:  All students entering AP Psychology must be seniors (grade 12).

Course/Grade prerequisite: It is preferable that all students entering AP Psychology have taken honors and/or AP courses and successfully maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher in these courses.  There are three ways to enter the course.  First you may take the entrance exam.  Second, you received an A- in your 11th grade U.S. History class and your 11th grade English class.  Third, you received a B- or above in 11th grade AP U.S. History.

Typical Homework/Project Assignment:

There is approximately 10-15 pages of reading per class period.  Students are expected to know the material being discussed prior to coming into class.  There is approximately one project per unit totaling 8-10 projects ranging from 1 day to several days in length.

Daily class is lecture and activity based allowing students to provide real life examples of knowledge gained from the lesson.  Grades are approximately 2/3 test grades and 1/3 activity and homework.

The following summer reading/work is required: None

Contact information: Please contact Mr. Quick (Room 109 or


AP US Government:

Is a year-long course that studies the three branches of government, including the executive, legislative, and the judicial branches. There are almost daily lectures. There are frequent short quizzes from the lecture notes. There are also FRQ essays, an 8-10 page research paper, multiple choice exams and smaller projects. The difficulty of this class revolves around understanding and applying complex terms and concepts related to the American structure of government and politics. Quizzes and tests are difficult.  

Grade level: 12th


Course/Grade prerequisite: Pass the entrance exam or an A- in semester one of U.S. History. Continuing students from AP U.S. History need at least a B-.


The following summer reading/work is required: None

Contact information: Please contact Mrs. Wheeler (Room 115 or or Mr. Andrews (Room 117 or


AP Economics:

Is a year-long course that studies both micro and macro economics, including study in market structure, theory of the firm, factor markets, monetary fiscal policy, and international economics. Typical assignments include completion of the study guide per chapter, writing economics issues papers current events, power point presentations, and selected economics workbook activities per chapter. There are chapter quizzes and unit exams as well.  Students will also complete the senior economics project and simulation at the end of the year after the AP exams.

Course/Grade prerequisite:  Pass the entrance test or an A- or better grade for semester one in U.S. History class. Continuing students must have a B- or better in AP US History. All students must have completed Algebra 2 with an A- or Advanced Algebra 2 with a B- or better. It is recommended that students take or are currently enrolled in Pre-calculus with Trigonometry.

The following summer reading/work is required.

Read chapters 1, 2, and 4 from McConnell Brue and complete the accompanying study guide work for each assignment. In addition, students will write a one page paper on the production possibilities curve or the law of increasing opportunity costs in the allocation of scarce resources in society.   Students will have a Unit Exam the first or second week of school with all assigned summer work due at that time.

Contact information: Please contact Ms. McCoy (Room 105 or