Social Studies

Middle School Courses

Middle school students are required to take one year of cultural and physical geography and one year of US History.

SS006 – Social Studies 6

In sixth grade Social Studies, students examine the progression of man from Paleolithic time period to Renaissance Europe. Other civilizations through ancient history students will be studying are
Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, Greece, Rome, and Europe. While studying these ancient civilizations the students gain greater insight into government, religion, social division, geography and economics of each time period.

SS002 – Humanities 7

Humanities is a 7th grade year-long course that focuses on the development of knowledgeable global citizens through inquiry, discovery, discussion, and reflection. This course will focus on basic skills that are essential to young critical minds including thoughtful inquiry and analysis, geographic and cultural understanding, reasoning and critical literacy, and cooperative learning through individual and group explorations. We will utilize a diverse selection of resources including historical texts and narratives, current events and political discourses, as well as various fiction and non-fiction works to supplement our studies. Throughout this course, students will be encouraged and supported as they become active learners, global thinkers, and contemplative problem solvers.

SS011 – US History 8

8th Grade US History is split into three sections. The first section covers Colonial English settlements in America through the American Revolutionary War and the formation of the Constitution. The second section explores the history and government structure of Arizona. The third and final section begins with the causes of the Great Depression and culminates with the study of current conditions in the US. By the end of the year students will have a full understanding of the causes and effects of American historical events. Students examine all perspectives of varying groups of people and events. They learn to view history as not a set story, but events that are interpreted differently by different groups. They also learn the workings of the United States government. By the end of the year they know the powers of the different branches, the rights of all people, and that democracy is a process we continually reinterpret and work to improve. All students in Pre-AP US History 8 will gain practice in the skills necessary for success in the high school AP history courses.

High School Courses

Graduation Requirements: four credits required

SS101 – World History 9 – World History to 1800

Honors World History is a survey course taken during 9th grade that emphasizes the history of world civilization. A survey of the major cultural, political, social, and economic developments of western cultures will be examined. 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.

SS111 – Advanced Placement (AP) World History 9 – World History to 1800

This course is an AP course. The students will be prepared to take the AP World History test at the end of 10th grade. This course covers World History from the beginning to the Industrial Revolution. In 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 intensive and focused on in depth historical analysis. The purpose of an AP course is to develop greater understanding of evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies.
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation

SS201 – World History 10 – World History 1800 to Present

Modern World History is a continuation of the 9th grade World History survey up to the present day. Students will 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.

SS211 – Advanced Placement (AP) World History 10– World History 1800 to Present

This course is an AP course. The students will be prepared to take the World History AP test at the end of 10th grade. 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 intensive focused on in depth historical analysis. The purpose of this course is to develop greater understanding of evolution of global processes and contacts, in interaction with different types of human societies.
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation AP Exam Fee (from 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94

SS301 – United States History 11

This course engages United States History from its pre-Columbian past to 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 historical narrative. Students will, therefore, make presentations, write papers—both research papers and literature reviews—and take essay based tests.

SS311 – Advanced Placement (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 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 permission of instructor AP Exam Fee (from 2018; may be higher in 2019): $94

SS461 – United States Government & Economics

Senior Economics and Government is composed of two semester-long courses. The fall semester focuses on American government with an emphasis on its structure and institutions and the politics of elections. This course marks the culmination of civic literacy that will prepare 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. The spring semester covers economics and introduces micro-economics, 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.