Social Studies Courses (HS)

Graduation Requirements: four credits required.  All students must take a US Government and Economics class in the 12th grade.

SS 0901 Social Studies 9- World History and Geography

This survey course emphasizes the history of world civilization by examining the major cultural, political, social, and economic developments of western cultures. This course covers World History from the rise of civilizations to the Industrial Revolution. Primary source documents, the historical method, and research and writing in the discipline of history are emphasized.

SS 0902 Social Studies 9 Honors- Pre-AP World History and Geography

Pre-AP World History and Geography focuses deeply on building the skills, knowledge, and confidence that propel students through high school coursework, college, careers, and civic life. Three enduring ideas this social studies course is built around making it engaging and relevant: 1) history is an interrelated story of the world, 2) history and geography are inherently dynamic, and 3)historians and geographers are investigators.
Prerequisite: Teacher recommendation.

SS 1001 Social Studies 10-World History 1800 to Present

As a continuation of the 9th grade World History survey up to the present day, students examine significant cultural, political, geographic, social and economic developments of world societies based on the foundational knowledge of civilizations gained in their 9th-grade course studies. Primary source documents, the historical method, and research and writing in the discipline of history are emphasized.

SS 1002 AP World History 10- World History 1800 to Present

This course covers World History from the Industrial Revolution to the present era. As an AP course, the students are expected to perform at an elevated level. They are expected to be self-motivated. The course is reading and writing intensively focused on in-depth historical analysis. The purpose of this course is to develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies.
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation. AP Exam Fee: $94

SS 1101 Social Studies 11- United States History

This course engages United States History from its pre-Columbian past to the present. Strands of government and economics (as well as archaeology and anthropology) are woven into the tapestry of America’s history to achieve a more holistic understanding of our rich and multi-cultural heritage. Emphasis is placed on reading, writing, and critical thinking. Students will address the differences between primary and secondary literature as well as learn how historians string facts together to compose a historical narrative.

SS 1102 Social Studies 11- AP United States History

This course follows the study of US History from pre-Colonial society through to the present. Strands of government and economic study are wrapped into the course to create a more holistic understanding of the developments in American society throughout history. AP US History is a rigorous course that emphasizes regular independent reading, critical thinking, and research. Special training in skills related to the analysis of historical documents is stressed. Students may take the Advanced Placement test in May, for which college credit may be given for a qualifying score.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of SS211 or teacher recommendation. AP Exam Fee (from 2020; may be higher in 2021): $94

SS 1201 Social Studies 12- United States Government

The Senior Economics and Government course is composed of two semester-long courses. The fall semester focuses on the American government with an emphasis on its structure and institutions and the politics of elections. This course marks the culmination of civic literacy that prepares students to vote, participate in community activities and reflect the responsibilities of citizenship. Additionally, the fall semester will include an international perspective to gain an understanding of the form and functions of governments around the world, including multi-national organizations. Debates, student presentations, and oral case study presentations are utilized throughout the year.

SS 1202 Social Studies 12- Economics

The Senior Economics and Government course is composed of two semester-long courses. The spring semester covers economics and introduces microeconomics, macroeconomics and the study of entrepreneurship. Subjects include supply and demand, pricing, monopoly, perfect competition, regulation and the role of government in the economy. Critical reasoning skills are emphasized during the entire course as well as effective oral and written advocacy. Emphasis is also placed on the economic institutions in the United States, the international marketplace, and comparative economic systems. Debates, student presentations, and oral case study presentations are utilized throughout the year.