AP US History (Eleventh Grade)
The objective of this course is to increase the student’s understanding of United States History from the 1500 to the present. In addition to regular semester grades, each student who takes AP US History is expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam for US History in May. The areas of concentration will include the development of political, social, economic, and foreign policy aspects of US History. This course will be taught at a college level. The difference between high school and college is the amount of reading and focus. Most high school courses of US History stress what happened; while college courses stress why, how, as well as cause and effect and trends of what happened as well as the consequences of actions and reactions. The objective therefore is to interpret history based on upon a given set of facts, not just the memorization and regurgitation of facts and dates. To prepare adequately for each unit exam (there will be 6 unit exams) and the AP US History exam, students are expected to keep up with the readings, take diligent and copious notes, participate regularly during class discussions and debates, and generally display the ability to interpret how a large body of information relates to a more specific question. Students will be required to show the ability to think historically.
AP Psychology (Eleventh and Twelfth Grades)
AP Psychology, the science of human and animal behavior, is an interesting and challenging elective that counts for college credit. Learn more about yourself, including all about your brain and how to learn and remember more efficiently. Discover what makes people “tick”—why do humans do what they do? AP Psychology can help you understand your world and teach you to be more successful in high school and in college. Most universities will accept a score of 3 or higher on the College Board AP Psychology Test. There are no prerequisites for AP Psychology except curiosity and a willingness to learn.