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Course Description:

 

World History                                                         

10th Grade
      

                                                            

This course for tenth graders focuses on the study of major turning points in the shaping of the modern world from the late eighteenth century to the present. Activities in this course are skill-oriented and help the student to understand the growing interdependence of people and cultures throughout the world.


Prerequisite: NONE

Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“a”, “g”)

 

AP World History
                                                  

10th – 12th Grades
     

                                               

AP World History is an academic year long course with an emphasis on non-Western history. The course relies heavily on college level texts, primary source documents, and outside readings. The course traces the development of world history from the emergence of cities to the present, focusing on the period after 1000 C.E., and emphasizes the analytical and writing skills necessary for success in a college-level history course. Considerable time will be given to the critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources, analysis of historiography, oral presentations, short essays, a major research paper, and the development of a document-based question.

Prerequisite: NONE

Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“a”, “g”)

 

U.S. History                                                                  

11th Grade
                                                                  

 

This course offers a study of the political, institutional, social, economic, and cultural development of the United States with primary emphasis on concepts, movements, and cultural pluralism. In this course, students examine major turning points in American history in the twentieth century. The course stresses American institutions, ideals, and critical thinking.


Prerequisite: None


Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“a”, “g”)

 

AP United States History
                                      

11th Grade
   

                                                               

This U.S. History Advanced Placement course begins with the colonial period of American history and continues chronologically through the present. This course focuses on research, analysis, and writing with the aim of preparing students for the College Board’s Advanced Placement Exam in American History.


Prerequisite: NONE

Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“a”, “g”)

 

American Government                                         

12th Grade        

                                                           

This one semester course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the American governmental system. Basic philosophic principles and ideals of democracy, representative government, civil liberties, and civil rights are studied and analyzed. The United States federal government, California state government, and local county governments are studied.

Prerequisite: NONE

Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“a”, “g”)

 

Economics                                                           

12th Grade  

                                                                 

In this one semester course, students deepen their understanding of the economics problems and institutions of the nation and the world. They learn to make reasoned decisions on economic issues as citizens, workers, consumers, business owners, and members of civic groups. Throughout this course, measurement concepts and methods such as tables, charts, graphs, ratios, and index numbers are used. Topics covered include the basic concepts of scarcity, choices, economic efficiency, comparative economic systems, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics.

Prerequisite: NONE

Meets University Entrance Requirements: CSU, UC (“g”)