History

High School History

World History (9th Grade) – 
This course is a survey study of world history from the first civilizations to the present. Patterns of political, economic, and religious development will be a main focus. Although our textbook will be the principal source of information, primary documents, internet knowledge bases, and other sources will provide additional incite into the different periods of history. The goal of the course is to give students an overview of world history, with an in-depth look at important people, issues and events that shaped the world of today while developing writing, speaking, and analytical skills.

US Constitution (10th Grade) – 
The Constitution class will examine and develop an understanding of the Constitution by analyzing the role of the federal government, the role of state government, and the duties and responsibilities of citizens. Students will study current events in order to understand real world application of the Constitution. A focus on analyzing and evaluating primary source documents, maps, graphs, and charts will be included in order to master these skills.

Honors US Constitution (10th Grade) –  The Honors Constitution class focuses on enabling students to be well prepared to assume all the duties and responsibilities of citizens living in the United States and North Carolina. Students will develop a line-by-line understanding of our founding documents, with a focus on the Constitution. Students will also examine the roles of the legislative and executive branches, and will put their understanding into practice as they assume the roles of Supreme Court Justices, Presidents, and lawmakers in class mock trials and other simulation activities.  Prerequisite: Students must earn an “A” in World History.

US History (11th Grade) – 
This course will examine themes and topics in United States history from the colonial era through the Cold War. The course will examine topics and themes including, but not limited to, the development of the U.S. Constitution, the Early Republic period, Jacksonian democracy, westward expansion, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction era, industrialization and immigration, imperialism, World War One, the “Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War Two, and the numerous aspects of Cold War America.

Honors US History(11th Grade)– This in-depth and reading intensive course will examine themes and topics in United States history from the colonial era through the Cold War. The course will study topics and themes including, but not limited to, the development of the U.S. Constitution, the Early Republic period, Jacksonian democracy, westward expansion, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction era, industrialization and immigration, imperialism, World War One, the “Roaring Twenties”, the Great Depression, World War Two, and the numerous aspects of Cold War America. Honors US History requires more at-home preparation and outside reading, emphasizes the greater higher order thinking skills, and demands a higher level of classroom participation than does the College Preparatory US History course. Prerequisite: Students must earn an A/B in Honors Constitution or A in Constitution.

AP US History(11th Grade)– AP US History is a college-level course that demands the keen development of all the higher order thinking skills. APUSH students must be adept at disciplined individual study while also being able to participate actively in classroom discussion and historical debate. The course is writing intensive, placing a premium on analysis, structure, and the ability to incorporate outside historical data appropriately in essays which effectively synthesize historical themes in United States history from the colonial era to today. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination and to pay the AP exam fee. Prerequisite: Students must have taken Honors Constitution and have an A to be eligible for this course.

20th Century History & Economics (12th Grade) – The goal of this course is to broaden student understanding of economics as it impacts the world. Students will study personal finance, business structure, economic policy, supply & demand. A study of 20th century world events and economic results will also be included.

Honors 20th Century History & Economics (12th Grade) – 
The goal of this course is to broaden student understanding of economics as it impacts the world. As the students learn more about the functions of business, society, and government; supply and demand; and international economic policy, they will become better informed about economic growth in the United States and the world. The student will be more knowledgeable about how various economic ideas affect the individual, community, state, country, and world we live in. A unit on personal finance and investing is also part of the course. A study of 20th century world events and economic results will also be included. Prerequisite:  Students must earn an A in US History or an A/B in Honors US History. 

AP European History (12th Grade) – 
Advanced Placement European History is designed to enable students to trace the origins, developments and consequences of the major social, political, economic and religious aspects of Europe’s history from 1450 until the present. Students will learn to assess the major individuals, philosophies and institutions that have shaped the European intellectual and cultural tradition. Special emphasis will be given to the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution, nationalism, World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the fall of communism. Through essay writing, reading, current events, book reports and class participation students will enhance their critical thinking skills and their understanding of the historical process. Prerequisite:  Students must earn an A  in Honors US History or an A/B in AP US History.