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Social Science Courses


(2 sem) 10th grade                       Prerequisite:   None

This course is a year-long examination of the major developments that have shaped the modern world from the late eighteenth century to the present.  The political, economic, and social aspects of Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America will be analyzed and developed within the context of their history and geography.


(1 yr) 11th grade                                                      Prerequisite:  Junior standing.                                             

This course examines major turning points in American history in the twentieth century.  During the year certain themes should be emphasized:  the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts; the continuing tension between the individual and the state and between minority rights and majority power; the emergence of a modern corporate economy; the impact of technology on American society and culture; change in the ethnic composition of American society; the movement toward equal rights for racial minorities and women; and the role of the United States as a culture, including religion, literature, art, drama, architecture, education, and the mass media. 


(1 yr) 11th grade                          Prerequisite: Junior standing. This course requires completion of summer assignments for fall enrollment.

This course examines the major themes, events, and issues of American History from the period prior to the founding of the thirteen colonies to the present.  The course is intended to prepare students to take the AP exam in American History given each spring.  Themes will include:  conflict with Britain leading to American independence; the rise of a unique, multicultural American society; American geographic and economic development; the development of American political institutions; internal and external conflict arising from American development and expansion; internal issues leading to the Civil War; the impact of technological change; America's expanding role as a world power; involvement in foreign affairs; and the political, social, and economic changes of the postwar world.  Taking the AP Exam will not be required, but strongly encouraged.  A separate final course exam will be required of all students.  This course requires completion of summer assignments for fall enrollment.


(1 sem) 12th grade         Prerequisite:  Modern World History, Culture and Geography, US History; US History-P

In this one-semester course, students apply knowledge gained in previous years of study to pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government.  In addition, they draw on their studies of American history and other societies to compare different systems of government in the world today.  This course should be viewed as the culmination of the civic literacy strand that prepares students to vote, to reflect on the responsibilities of citizenship, and to participate in community activities.



(1 sem) 12th grade                         Prerequisite:  Modern World History, Culture and Geography, US  History, US History-                                                                   

In a one-semester course in economics, students will deepen their understanding of the economic problems and institutions of the nation and world in which they live.  They should learn to make reasoned decisions on economic issues as citizens, workers, consumers, business owners, managers, and members of civic groups.  In this course, students should add to the economic understanding they acquired in previous grades and apply tools (such as graphs, statistics, and equations) learned in other subject fields to their understanding of our economic system.  Studied in historic context are the basic economic principles of micro- and macro-economics, international economics, comparative economic systems, measurement and methods


(1 sem) 11th – 12th grade                   Prerequisite:   College prep level recommended

Psychology-P is a one-semester course designed to introduce students to a variety of topics within the field of psychology.  Students will study human behavior with a focus on physical, emotional, environmental, social, and cognitive development.


(2 sem) 11th - 12th grade        Prerequisite: Psychology I

Psychology II is a one semester course designed to explore the depths of several fields of psychology.