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World Geography


This course includes the study of the physical and cultural geography of the world. Emphasis will include the development of geography skills with a focus on the connections between people and places and the relationship between humans and their environment.


World Geography H


This course covers all topics taught in World Geography, but at a deeper level. 


World History


This is a survey course that examines world history from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution during the first semester. The second semester will include events from the Industrial revolution to the present.


World History H


This course covers all topics taught in World Geography, but at a deeper level. 


US History


This is a survey course that examines American history from the post-Civil War to the present. The study will be chronological. Students will analyze the themes of American history that tie historical events and developments to one another.


AP US History


AP US History is a challenging course that is meant to be the equivalent of a freshman college course and can earn students college credit. It is a two semester survey of American history from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography.




In this course students learn about the duties, rights, and responsibilities of U. S. citizens. Students examine the Constitution and Bill of Rights and learn how our local, state, and federal governments are set up. It is also a general survey of the American free enterprise system including basic economic theory and practice. Economic concepts, including resources, market, supply and demand, profit, etc., will be emphasized.


AP US Government


AP Government gives students an analytical perspective on 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.


Criminal Law (½)


Criminal Law explores the branch of law which labels certain behaviors as crimes, forbids those behaviors, and provides for the punishment of people who engage in those behaviors. Students will analyze and evaluate how laws are defined and regulated as well as their individual rights within the Criminal Justice Systems. The course will include the study of the branches within the Criminal Justice System: Law Enforcement and the investigation of crimes, Adjudication and the prosecution of crimes, Corrections and the punishment for criminal behavior.


Economics (½)


Economics is a semester long course introducing basic economic principles and current economic issues with a focus on the American economy. Students will examine components of the American economy such as price, competition, business and banking institutions. We will also examine issues related to the economy as a whole through employment and labor issues, the role of the government in the economy and selected topics on global economics.


Holocaust (½)


The purpose of this elective course is to provide the students with a better understanding of WHY the Holocaust occurred and explores the lasting effects of genocide, racism, and hate groups in the world, our country and the local community. 


Psychology I (½)


An introduction to basic concepts, this course includes the study of the scientific method, life span development, biopsychology, learning, and emotion.


Psychology I H (½)


This course covers all of the concepts taught in Psychology I, but at a deeper level. 


Psychology II (½)


This course is a continuation of Psychology I. It includes the study of personality, stress, disorders, therapy, and social psychology. Prerequisite: Psychology I or Psychology I H.


Psychology II H (½)


This course covers all of the concepts taught in Psychology II, but at a deeper level. Prerequisite: Psychology I or Psychology I H. 


Teen Leadership (½)


To be leaders, students must have two basic elements in their lives: skills, and principles. Throughout this course students will learn those skills and have the opportunity to become good at using those skills. Students will also be challenged to develop the principles that will be the foundation of their lives. Students will learn by doing. This is not a lecture program, but a doing program. Students will face new challenges and situations that will build self-confidence. And, they will learn. Students will learn how to speak, present ideas and work with difficult people. They will learn how to think differently and be far more creative



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