The Social Studies curriculum provides insight into the relevance of the past to the modern world. Students develop an appreciation of our multicultural interdependence, our democratic society, and the world as a whole. Students are encouraged to take an active role in the community and the world at large by being well-informed and capable of making objective decisions based on the use of critical thinking skills.
WORLD GEOGRAPHY - Eighth Graders - 1 credit
World Geography is a survey of the geography of the Americas, Australia, Europe, Asia, and Africa. This course will emphasize the physical processes that shape the Earth’s surface, the physical and human characteristics of places, the characteristics, distribution and migration of human population on Earth’s surface and the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.
WORLD HISTORY / WORLD HISTORY H - Freshmen - 1 credit
World History explores the key events and global historical developments that have shaped the world we live in today. Students will uncover patterns of behavior, identify historical trends and themes, explore historical movements and concepts, and test theories. Students will refine their ability to read for comprehension and critical analysis; summarize, categorize, compare, and evaluate information; write clearly and convincingly; express facts and opinions orally; and use technology appropriately to present information.
EUROPEAN HISTORY / EUROPEAN HISTORY AP - Sophomores - 1 credit
European History is divided into five themes ranging from the Renaissance to the present. Besides covering the relevant chronological facts, students will mold their historical thinking skills with the use of primary sources, factual narratives and several interpretations of European History from different writers and historians.
Students taking the AP course prepare for the AP European History exam given in the spring.
AMERICAN HISTORY / AMERICAN HISTORY AP - Juniors - 1 credit
This course examines the history of the United States from colonization to the present time. There is emphasis on the key people and events of U.S. history and their influence on our society, and how these people and events have affected change in our country and globally.
AP American History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course. It is a survey of American history from the age of exploration to the present. The distinguishing characteristic of this course is the emphasis on analytical and interpretive writing. This course is divided into periods of time and emphasizes themes throughout American history. These themes include the American identity, economic evolution, and American foreign policy.
CIVICS / AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AP - Seniors - 1 credit
The Civics course explores political theory, governmental study, and economics. The students are provided with a survey of varying forms of government, the U.S. Constitution, our civil rights, the three branches of government at the national and state levels, and the economic aspects of government and society.
AP U.S. Government and Politics gives students an analytical perspective on the inner workings of government and politics in the United States. Topics include: the constitutional underpinnings of U.S. government, political beliefs and behaviors, political parties, interest groups, mass media, institutions of national government, public policy, civil rights and civil liberties. Admission to this course is predicated on student academic performance, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendations.
ART HISTORY AP (H) - Juniors - 1 credit
This course is a chronological survey of art from the Western tradition including painting, sculpture and architecture from Prehistory to Postmodernism. Selected works from a variety of cultures beyond the European tradition (including India, China, Japan, and Africa) will also be studied according to characteristics and media specific to the culture and concepts that unite these diverse works with the Western tradition. There will be an emphasis placed on the study of artworks within the context of the culture and time period in which they were created. Students will develop visual analysis, thinking, and writing skills necessary for recognizing and analyzing artworks. Formal analysis strategies utilizing the elements of art and principles of design will be learned and applied to works of art. Students will be introduced to the iconographic and interpretive study of subject matter, signs and symbols and how they create meaning in works of art. This course is designed according to the recommendations given by the College Board in preparation for the A.P. Art History Exam.
LAW STUDIES -Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit
Law Studies is a survey course of the American Legal System. Topics include an overview of both Civil and Criminal laws and their foundations as well as an interactive study of legal procedure. Students apply what is learned to current events and well known cases.
LAW STUDIES II - Juniors/ Seniors - 1 credit
Law Studies II is a continuation of Law Studies, with Law Studies being a prerequisite. The focus of this class is trial skills and preparation. Students will learn about hearsay, how to introduce evidence, and how to prepare an effective opening argument, cross examination and closing argument. Additionally, students will learn how to prepare and effectively argue briefs to a panel of judges. Persuasive rhetoric and logical analysis are a focus of this course.
MODERN AMERICAN HISTORY (RG or H) - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit
This course examines the key people and events of the 20th Century through the prism of the Cold War. The course takes a global approach meaning that within each time period studied students examine the United States, world events, and the culture and literature of each decade of the 20th Century.
PHILOSOPHY (RG or H) - Sophomores / Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit
Philosophy introduces students to topics found in classical philosophical writings, such as the nature of truth and knowledge, mind and body, freedom and determinism, right and wrong and the existence of God.
PSYCHOLOGY AP - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit
The course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and address the question, "How do psychologists think?”. Students learn about some of the explorations and discoveries made by psychologists over the past century and assess some of the differing approaches adopted by psychologists, including the biological, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural perspectives. Admission to this course is based upon past student performance, standardized test scores and teacher recommendation.
PSYCHOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY DE - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit
The purpose of this class is to provide a general introduction to psychology. The course will introduce students to the major theoretical perspectives in psychology, research methods, and concepts from different content areas, such as developmental, clinical, personality and social psychology. Students will learn to explain why psychology is a science with the primary objectives of describing, understanding, predicting, and controlling behavior and mental processes. They will learn to recognize and recall psychological concepts and theories from key subfields (e.g., development, learning, personality, social, and abnormal) and the contributions of key figures in psychology, and they will be asked to compare and contrast the major theoretical perspectives in psychology. Finally, students will describe research methods used by psychologists including their respective advantages and disadvantages; moreover, they will need to apply examples of relevant and practical applications of psychological principles to everyday life.
SOCIOLOGY HONORS - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit
Sociology explores the relationship between the individual and society while evaluating why societies are held together. The course considers political philosophies, government structures, economic changes, as well as the wide diversity of human customs and traditions, while analyzing how people think about themselves and their world.
SOCIOLOGY DE - Juniors / Seniors - 1 credit
To prepare students for full participation in the modern world, both by providing the sociological perspective for understanding how social, cultural, and physical environments affect how humans live, and by providing the sociological skills needed to contribute in an ever-changing global society.