Skills Taught Across Grade Level
- Note Taking (Cornell, Linear, Outline, Roman Numeral, Summarizing)
- How to participate in a class discussion
- Evaluating point of view and bias
- Debating skills
- Primary Source Analysis
- Geography Skills: map reading
- Analyzing Charts and drawing conclusions based on observations
- How to read a textbook
- Writing Skills – Document-Based Question essays (1st semester) and Research Papers (second semester),
- How to Compare & contrast
- How to Analyze & Synthesize multiple perspectives
- How to Identify Cause & Effect
- Content Vocabulary
- Chronological & Spatial Thinking
- Oral Presentation
10th grade World History
The Modern World Students in grade ten study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century through the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop an understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. They extrapolate from the American experience that democratic ideals are often achieved at a high price, remain vulnerable, and are not practiced everywhere in the world. Students develop an understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understand international relations from a variety of perspectives.
- Honors World History
- AP World History
- 9th grade Humanities Program
11th grade U.S. History
Continuity and Change in the Twentieth Century Students in grade eleven study the major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. Following a review of the nation's beginnings and the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals, students build upon the tenth grade study of global industrialization to understand the emergence and impact of new technology and a corporate economy, including the social and cultural effects. They trace the 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 major world power. An emphasis is placed on the expanding role of the federal government and federal courts as well as the continuing tension between the individual and the state. Students consider the major social problems of our time and trace their causes in historical events. They learn that the United States has served as a model for other nations and that the rights and freedoms we enjoy are not accidents, but the results of a defined set of political principles that are not always basic to citizens of other countries. Students understand that our rights under the U.S. Constitution are a precious inheritance that depends on an educated citizenry for their preservation and protection.
- Honors U.S. History
- AP U.S. History
12th grade Principles of American Government (first semester) and Economics (2nd semester)
Students in grade twelve pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. They compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship among federal, state, and local governments, with particular attention paid to important historical documents such as the Federalist Papers. These standards represent the culmination of civic literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities, and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.
In addition to studying government in grade twelve, students also master fundamental economic concepts, applying the tools (graphs, statistics, equations) from other subject areas to the understanding of operations and institutions of economic systems. Studied in a historic context are the basic economic principles of micro- and macroeconomics, international economics, comparative economic systems, measurement, and methods.
- Honors Principles of American Government
- AP Government & Politics
- Honors Economics
11th or 12th Grade
- AP Psychology (11th/12th grade –elective credit only)