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Social Studies

Social Studies Course Descriptions

World Geography (Regular, Honors, Gifted)- 1 year course

Grade 9, Prerequisite for Honors Enrollment: A or B in 8th grade social studies, Mastery or Advanced on LEAP, and teacher recommendation.

This is a study of the physical and cultural geography of the world. Emphasis will include the development of geography skills with a focus on the connections between people and places and the relationship between humans and their environment.

A.P. Human Geography- 1 year course

Grade 9, 10, 11, 12

This is a study of the physical and cultural geography of the world. Emphasis will include the development of geography skills with a focus on the connections between people and places and the relationship between humans and their environment.

U.S. Government (Regular, Honors) formerly titled Civics- 1 year course

Grade 9, 10, Prerequisite for Honors Enrollment: A or B in 8th grade social studies, Mastery or Advanced on LEAP, and teacher recommendation.

In this course students learn about the duties, rights, and responsibilities of U. S. citizens. Students examine the Constitution and Bill of Rights and learn how our local, state, and federal governments are organized. It is also a general survey of the American free enterprise system including basic economic theory and practice. Economic concepts, including resources, market, supply and demand, profit, etc., will be emphasized.

U.S. History (Regular, Honors, AP)- 1 year course

Grades 11, 12

Prerequisite for Honors and DE Enrollment: An A or B in all English and Social Studies classes. This is a survey course that examines American history from the post-Civil War to the present. The study will be chronological. Students will analyze the themes of American history that tie historical events and developments to one another. Research and analytic writing is required. All students are required to take the U.S. History LEAP2025 test in the Spring Semester. A passing score on LEAP2025 is required for graduation.

World History (Regular, Honors, Dual Enrollment)- 1 year course

Grade 12, Prerequisite for Honors and Dual Enrollment: An A or B in all Social Studies classes.

This is a survey course that examines world history from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution during the first semester. The second semester will include events from the Industrial revolution to the present.