Social Studies

Global Perspectives -9th or 10th grade 

This is an introductory course designed to help students gain confidence in meeting the expectation of a high school history curriculum.  Additional purposes of the class is to assist students with acquiring knowledge, global social awareness, skills and tools needed to be responsible citizens of the U.S. and the international world. Students will study the commonalities, differences, and connections between nations and countries of and strive to make meaning of how the global is shrinking and why intercontinental cooperation is so necessary in the 21st century. Through scholastic readings, simulations, project based activities, and peer to peer cooperation, we hope that students will become more aware of their surroundings and personal interactions within the world.  There is no textbook for this course but all materials are supplemented by reading from Geography Alive, Scholastic Magazine, Globalization 101, and other resources.

American Government – 11th or 12th grade

The purpose of this course is to prepare students to be active and engaged citizens in American democracy. The course introduces the fundamentals of American government and politics, particularly the major institutions and processes of our government. The class further aims to help students develop skills and abilities in analyzing and evaluating issues and public policies in American politics. It will also stimulate interest in American politics and help students to be life-long student participants in government as they flush out their own political philosophy and perspectives.  This course relies heavily on primary sources, simulations, project based learning, and current events to help guide the class and achieve its intended purposes.  The main textbook for this course is by Prentice Hall – Magruder’s textbook with supplemental resources by Government Alive, Playing Politics & Politics in Action, and Democracy Under Pressure.  

U.S. History – Some 10th/ 11th or 12th grade 

This course is designed to survey major themes, patterns, and developments in United States history. We will use a number of project based curriculum units to critically examine the history of the U.S. from American colonization to the present. Although our main focus will be on the establishment and development of the U.S. we will also spend time examining the racial and ethnic diversity of the U.S. and the influences and interactions of peoples and leaders who have inhabited and provided the U.S. with such an enriched and turbulent history. Through primary source inquiries into the past we will learn about the development, culture, and people of the United States.  The main textbook for this course is by McDougall Little – The American’s with supplemental resources by History Alive, Cicero, and Backwards design curriculum.