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United States History

Historical Perspectives (grade 9, required)

Introduction to United States governance and economy

"That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from this earth." Abraham Lincoln

The purpose of this class is to analyze the development of our government and its core democratic values, the changing role of the citizens with respect to their rights and responsibilities of living in a democracy, and the duty of the government to its citizens.
Students will also learn how the American economic system influences and is influenced by, a larger economy that spans the globe. This study will analyze and evaluate the free market system, capitalism, consumer and personal economics, how scarcity and choice confront individuals and businesses, and the role of government in an economy.

World History (grades 10-12)

This course is a survey of world history that will help illustrate the differences and similarities of cultures throughout the world and throughout history. By exploring the past, students will be encouraged to explore its relevancy to the present. The course will cover the way man has lived, thought, believed, and expressed himself. The class uses essay, reading books (fiction, non-fiction), written reports, oral reports, and class discussions as a means of assessing student outcomes.

United States History (grades 10-12, required)

This course is a study of the history of the United States and its interrelatedness with the rest of the world. The class begins with colonial life and finishes with present day issues. Topics include revolution, civil war, civil rights, reform, depression, industrial growth, immigration, and imperialism to name only a few. Included in those topics, we will study foreign policy, economics, geography, government, and politics. This class uses essays, reading books (fiction and nonfiction), written reports, oral reports and class discussions as the means to measure student outcomes. The course will also include discussions in current events.

Contemporary Law/ Personal Economics (grade 12, required)

First Semester - Contemporary Law

The Democracy in Action course gives the student practical information and problem-solving opportunities to develop knowledge and skills necessary for survival in our law-saturated society. The course allows students to be participants in their own education through mock trails, court and jail tours, and guest speakers. Current issues facing our legal system are discussed and debated throughout the semester. The goals of the class include: (1) practical understanding of law and the legal system; (2) fundamental principles and values underlying our Constitution, laws, and legal system; (3) current issues and controversies relating to law and our legal system; (4) citizen participation in our legal system; (5) knowledge of justice, tolerance, and fairness; (6) presentations of the roles that law, lawyers, law enforcement officers, and the legal system play in our society; (7) conflict and dispute resolution through formal and informal mechanisms; (8) basic skills, including critical thinking and reasoning, and problem solving; and (9) exposure to potential careers in the legal system. (Counselor's Note: This course is taken in conjunction with Personal Economics as a required year course for seniors.)

2nd Semester - Personal Economics

Students gain practical experience and develop a deeper understanding of how economics is involved in world events, country and state events, and how it affects their daily lives as they prepare for the future. The class emphasizes current events to help the student see economics as a way of thinking. Activities create a general appreciation of how economics touches them as citizens. The goals are: (1) understand the fundamentals of economics; (2) see the correlation between global economic issues and their personal lives; (3) evaluate the role of our government in economics; (4) analyze current economic issues and discuss solutions; and (5) develop a plan for their future with regard to careers, financial planning and budgeting, and consumer decision-making. This class provides students with information appropriate for their developmental transitional state as they prepare to meet the challenges they will face after graduation. (Counselor's Note: This course is taken in conjunction with Contemporary Law as a required year course for seniors.)