Social Science

Middle School Social Sciences Courses

Social Science 6

The integrated, activity-based 6th grade History-Social Science curriculum begins with the study of early humans and focuses on ancient civilizations, including the Near East and Africa, the Ancient Americas, and the classical civilizations of China, India, Greece and Rome. Students will study the significance of geographic place in the development of human societies

Social Science 7

The integrated, activity-based 7th grade History-Social Science curriculum focuses on history from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Age of Reason in the beginning of the 18th century, and includes Instruction on the Roman Empire; Medieval Europe; the rise of Islam; Medieval Africa, Japan, and China; Mesoamerica; Europe during the Renaissance; the Reformation and Scientific Revolution, the Age of Exploration, and the Age of Reason

Social Science 8

While studying historical events from the founding of the nation through the Industrial Revolution, students in this integrated, activity-based course will analyze the development of Constitutional Democracy, with an emphasis on individual rights, an understanding of the political system and ways in which citizens can participate in and influence government. Students examine the gradual expansion of the US and its subsequent shaping and influence on foreign policy. Emphasis is on cause and effect, chronology, and an appreciation for how the past influences current events

High School Social Sciences Courses

World History

World History presents a narrative of world history from the roots of democracy through the present.  The course traces the development of nations throughout the world.  Themes include political change, economic development, the growth of science and technology, the effect of contact between cultures, Imperialism and its effects on the imperialized, and creativity in the arts.  Skill emphasis will include reading, analysis, speaking, note-taking, writing and research.

US History

US History is a survey course covering the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments of United States history. It will examine the major historical events in that period, i.e. the forming of the colonies, Revolutionary War, the writing of the Constitution, the Civil War, Immigration, the two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and Watergate. A goal of this class is to see how one period of time has influenced and shaped succeeding eras.

Government

This 12th grade course will examine the major principles of the American political system. Particular attention will be paid to the political decision making process employed by Federal, State and local government. Students will also analyze the major Institutions of the American political system, such as the Constitution, Presidency, Congress, Supreme Court, political parties, voting, elections, civil liberties and the media. Special emphasis will be placed on helping the student understand his/her role within the American political system.

Economics

This 12th grade course examines the principles of the American economic system. It includes a study of comparative economic systems, economic policy-making and decision-making, and of economic issues on a personal, national and international level. This course includes principles of micro and macroeconomics

AP Art History

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to discover, appreciate, and acquire knowledge of art history through the ages, from the Paleolithic era to contemporary times. Students will learn to examine and critically analyze major forms of artistic expression from diverse cultures and understand their contributions to the arts. A variety of art media and styles will be studied as the students look at architecture, manuscripts, painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, as a reflection of a given civilization and time period. This class will give students the opportunity to use their prior knowledge of history, geography, politics, religion, languages, literature, and the visual arts. It expected that all students will take the AP exam in May. Prerequisites: Completion of World History with a “B” or better and/or Teacher Recommendation

AP Psychology

This class will challenge the student to study psychology at the college level. It is a course designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub fields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Units studied will include research methods, consciousness, sensation and perception, neuroanatomy, motivation and emotion, learning theory, mental illness, personality theory, development, etc. It expected that all students will take the AP exam in May. Prerequisites: Completion of Biology with a “B” or better and/or Teacher Recommendation