Social Studies Courses

Global History and Geography 9

1 Credit

Global History and Geography 9 is the first course in a two-year sequence designed to focus on the study of Ancient World-Civilizations and Religions; the rise and fall of empires; the social, political, and economic forces impacting Global History; and the factors leading to the First Global Age.

Global History and Geography 9H

1 Credit

Social Studies themes and historical eras are studied as in the basic course, but with greater emphasis on the use of primary sources and a wide variety of non-textbook materials.  The course is intended for very capable students and requires strong student commitment.  It is open to those students who have a sufficient rating on the Social Studies Honors Matrix, Middle School recommendation and/or the approval of the department chairperson and administration.

Global History and Geography 10

1 Credit

Global History and Geography 10 is the second year of a course sequence.  The course continues the chronological survey of Global History with a concentration on the study of the Age of Revolution, A Half Century of Crisis and Achievement, and the 20th Century since 1945.  The course culminates in the Global History and Geography Regents Examination.

Global History and Geography 10H

1 Credit

Global History and Geography 10H continues the chronological survey of global history with a concentration on the study of the Age of Revolution, A Half Century of Crisis and Achievement, and the 20th Century since 1945.  There is greater emphasis on the use of primary sources and a wide variety of non-textbook materials.  The course is the second year of a two-year sequence open to those 10th grade students approved by the department chairperson and administration to be in the Honors-level program.  The course requires strong student commitment and culminates in the Global History and Geography Regents Examination.  In addition to the Regents examination, a special assignment/project/examination will comprise a percentage of the final examination grade.


Honors/Advanced Placement Program:

Students are admitted to the Honors/Advanced Placement Program dependent upon standardized test scores, past performance, teacher recommendation, and required departmental and administrative approval.  A minimum of 92% on a district honors matrix for initial consideration and 85% for continuation in the program.

World History Pre-AP

1 Credit

PREREQUISITE:

Sufficient Rating on Social Studies Honors Matrix.

World History is the first year of a two-year program designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement World History exam.  The course will focus on the interactions between communities and cultures across time and place.  Within a chronological approach, students will examine how different societies have historically addressed complex political, economic and social issues.  The ninth grade course addresses history from approximately 8000 BCE to 1750 CE, and focuses on the development of skills specific to the study of history, including document analysis and persuasive writing.  Students who successfully complete World History Pre-AP will go on in tenth grade to study world history from 1750 to the present day while furthering their skills in document interpretation and written analysis.  This course is open to ninth grade students who are recommended and approved by the chairperson and administration.  Intended for academically gifted students who desire a challenging and comprehensive experience, the course combines Regents and Advanced Placement Curricula.

World History AP

1 Credit

PREREQUISITE:

Successful completion of Pre-AP World History.

World History AP is the second year of a two-year program designed to prepare students to take the Advanced Placement World History exam at the end of 10th grade.  The course will focus on the interactions between communities and cultures across time and place. Within a chronological approach, students will examine how different societies have historically addressed complex political, economic and social issues. The tenth grade course addresses history from approximately 1750 CE to the present day, and focuses on the development of skills specific to the study of history, including document analysis and persuasive writing. Intended for academically gifted students who desire a challenging and comprehensive experience, the course combines Regents and Advanced Placement curricula.  In addition to the Regents examination, a special assignment/project/examination will comprise a percentage of the final examination grade. The student assumes financial responsibility for all administrative and examination costs associated with the World History Advanced Placement Examination. This course is open to tenth grade students who successfully completed World History Pre-AP in ninth grade.


U. S. History and Government 11

1 Credit

U.S. History and Government 11 focuses on the study of  U. S. History; the constitutional principles that define and support a representative democracy; and how individuals and groups throughout history have challenged and influenced public policy and constitutional change. The course culminates in the U. S. History and Government Regents Examination.

U.S. History and Government 11H

1 Credit

U.S. History and Government 11H is specifically designed for those students recommended and approved by the department. Intended for very capable students, the course involves an in-depth examination of the historical development of U. S. society from the 18th century through contemporary times. The concepts and themes include chronological and topical approaches consistent with the higher academic abilities of Honors-level students. The course requires strong commitment and culminates in the U. S. History and Government Regents Examination.  In addition to the Regents examination, a special assignment/project/examination will comprise a percentage of the final examination grade.

U. S. History and Government 11 – AP

1 Credit

Advanced Placement U. S. History and Government, is open to 11th grade students who are recommended and approved by the chairperson and administration.  Intended for academically gifted students who desire a challenging and comprehensive experience, the course combines Regents and Advanced Placement curricula.  This course culminates in the U. S. History and Government Regents Examination.  In addition to the Regents examination, a special assignment/project, examination will comprise a percentage of the final examination grade.  The student assumes financial responsibility for all administrative and examination costs associated with the U.S. History Advanced Placement Examination.


Global History and Geography Academic Intervention Services (AIS)

Developmental Global History is a mandatory course for those students who have not demonstrated competency by passing the Global History and Geography Regents Examination as well as for students who have exhibited the need for assistance in meeting the demands of the state mandates.  The objective of this course is to develop the factual, conceptual, and testing skills needed by the student to successfully pass the Regents in Global History and Geography.  The course culminates with the successful completion of the Regents examination. An alternate-day semester course, it may also be taken for the full-year on an alternate-day basis.

U. S. History and Government Academic Intervention Services (AIS)

Developmental U. S. History and Government is a mandatory course for those students who have not demonstrated competency by passing the U. S. History and Government Regents Examination as well as for students who have exhibited the need for assistance in meeting the demands of the state mandates.  The objective of this course is to develop the factual, conceptual, and testing skills needed by the student to successfully pass the examination.  The course culminates with the successful completion of the Regents examination. An alternate- day semester course, it may also be taken for the full-year on an alternate-day basis.


REQUIRED SENIOR SEMESTER COURSES

Economics

1/2 Credit

The objective of Economics is to promote student understanding of the nature of the U. S. economy; how various economic systems answer the fundamental economic questions; and the role the consumer plays in influencing economic policy. Completion of a paper/project that demonstrates competency in researching and analyzing an economic topic is required.

Participation in Government

1/2 Credit

The objective of Participation in Government is to facilitate and encourage the development of civic-minded individuals capable of effectively and responsibly fulfilling the “office of citizen.”  Topics include:  nature of government, comparative political systems, public policy issues, and the role of the individual.  Students will be given opportunities to practice decision making, participate in cooperative learning experiences, and demonstrate public speaking skills through a required debate and oral presentation.  The course also requires student involvement in a government experience and completion of a paper or project that demonstrates competency in researching and analyzing a political issue.

U.S. Government and Politics – AP

1/2 Credit

This college level course requires student involvement in a debate, completion of a project or paper that demonstrates competency in researching and analyzing a political issue, and attendance at a public meeting.  In addition to satisfying the Participation in Government graduation requirements, the course prepares students for the Government and Politics Advanced Placement Examination.  The student assumes financial responsibility for all administrative and examination costs associated with the Government and Politics Advanced Placement Examination.  Open to seniors only.