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America and the World II is the required Social Studies course for tenth grade students. In this course, students will explore the political, economic, and social development of the United States in the context of world events from the mid-1800’s through the end of World War II. Students will examine key issues in American History and explore international connections and consequences. Particular attention will be given to the rise of the United States as a force in world affairs. This course includes a comprehensive culminating activity or final examination.
Economics is a required twelfth grade Social Studies course. Economics is the social science of cost, benefit and choice. The course introduces students to the economic way of thinking and demonstrates how individual and social decision making in private and public sectors affects consumers and citizens in different economic systems. The concepts of supply and demand at the micro-macroeconomics level are utilized to illustrate the structure and function of various business firms and market organizations. Developing a comprehensive investments portfolio evidences practical application of economic concepts such as the stock market and other securities investments. In addition, the study of integral components of the U.S. economy including income, inflation, unemployment, money and banking, monetary and fiscal policies, and international trade will provide students with valuable insight to become productive workers, educated consumers and informed citizens.
Introduction to Psychology is a one-semester elective for students in the twelfth grade. In this course, students will explore a variety of topics related to the social science field of Psychology. During the first half of the course, students will study the history and development of Psychology as a discipline, the essential aspects of Psychology research methods, and the influence of human biology on psychological processes. During the second half of the course, students will choose up to three specific topics for in-depth study. Topic choices will include: abnormal, cognition, developmental, personality, social, and states of consciousness. Mastery of learning objectives will be assessed through various methods such as class participation, homework assignments, in-class activities, independent projects, and unit exams.
Students who are fascinated by people and the ways in which they interact should find this one-half credit elective course to be of interest. This course, which explores content typically examined in a one-semester introductory university course, will provide students with a brief overview of the ways in which societies develop and function. Units of study will address topics such as basic social and family structures; social stratification; the processes of human socialization; human development and social integration; the roles of race, ethnicity, and gender in society; collective human behavior; and forms of economic and political organization.
In this one-semester course, students develop essential study skills for academic success, such as staying organized, managing time, taking notes, applying reading strategies, writing strong papers, and researching and properly citing information. Explicit modeling and ample practice are provided for each study skill to support student mastery. Instruction on how to be a responsible online learner is threaded throughout the course, and these skills are directly addressed in lessons on cyberbullying, staying safe online, and becoming a digital leader. A basic understanding of software and hardware and how to troubleshoot common technology issues are also taught. By the end of the course, students will have the tools they need to be academically successful in both traditional and digital learning environments.
Government is a required twelfth grade one semester Social Studies course. The course is designed to offer students a comprehensive study of the characteristics, functions, institutions, principals, processes, and politics of the American governmental and political system. Basic units of study include the historical foundations of American democracy, comparing political systems, the system of federalism, the rights of citizens, the federal legislative branch, the federal executive branch, the federal judicial branch and state and local governments.