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Social Studies Courses

Graduation Requirement:  Students must pass three years or 30 credits in Social Science courses for graduation.

​College Requirement:  Students must pass two years or 20 credits of college-prepSocial Science with grades of "C" or higher.  One semester MUST be in US History and one semester MUST be in American Government.  These courses are denoted on the transcript with a "P-" in front of the course title.

Social Science courses receive credit in the A area for the University of California (UC)  and California State University (CSU)  systems.

Social Science Electives receive credit in the G area for the University of California (UC)  and California State University (CSU)  systems.

 

P - World History
Grades 10/11/12 
Prerequisites: At least Sophomore Standing

World History is a course with two major themes: geography and history. In the area of geography the student will study how people are influenced by geography by studying the five major themes of geography: location, place, movement, regions, and environment. The student will study major civilizations of the past and the present and will see how people cannot be separated from their past, their culture, and their habitat, and that all manner of people have had a role in the development of modern civilization. Major emphasis is given to the period from the French Revolution to the present.

P - World History (Sheltered)
Grades 10/11/12 
Prerequisites: At least Sophomore Standing

World History is a course with two major themes: geography and history. This course is designed for students that are still learning English.  In the area of geography the student will study how people are influenced by geography by studying the five major themes of geography: location, place, movement, regions, and environment. The student will study major civilizations of the past and the present and will see how people cannot be separated from their past, their culture, and their habitat, and that all manner of people have had a role in the development of modern civilization. Major emphasis is given to the period from the French Revolution to the present.

P - World History AP  (Advanced Placement)
Grades 10/11/12 
Prerequisites: At least Sophomore Standing

Advanced Placement World History is a college level class that will challenge the student throughout a study of World History from 1000 to the present. Students will be required to work with Primary Source materials, write numerous essays and develop higher order critical thinking skills. The course will also prepare the participants for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in World History. Students achieving a score of 3 or above on the AP examination may earn college credit upon entrance to a college or university..

P - US History
Grade 11 

Prerequisites: Junior Standing
United States History is a course, which emphasizes the forces that shaped the American character: geographic, cultural, and historical. It is a study of peoples and the part they played in making this nation what it is today. The emphasis of the course is on the period from 1890 to the present. The past will unfold through the styles of all manner of men and women that helped create it.

P - US History (Sheltered)
Grade 11 
Prerequisites: Junior Standing
This course mirrors the curriculum of standard US History.  It is designed for students that are still learning English.

P - US History AP
Grade 11
Prerequisites: Junior Standing
Advanced Placement United States History is a college level course that will challenge the student throughout the entire range of United States history. Students will be required to work with Primary Source materials, write numerous essays and develop higher order critical thinking skills. The course will also prepare the participants for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in American History.
P - American Government (Semester Only)
Grade 12
Prerequisites: Senior Standing
American Government/Civics is a course, which focuses on the organization and function of government of all three levels: national, state, and local. The role of the citizen in the process of government is stressed through a study of the American political party. Throughout the course the individual is exposed to current issues and constitutional questions facing the American people.

P - Government and Politics: United States AP (Semester Only)
Grade 12
Prerequisites: Senior Standing
Advanced Placement American Government is a college level course designed to give students a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States. The course involves the study of American political theory, group beliefs, various institutions, and the analysis of case studies. Students will be expected to apply general concepts to contemporary issues. The course will prepare students for the Advanced Placement American Government Exam.

Social Science Electives: (receives college prep credit in the ELECTIVE or "G" Area for university)
P - Economics

Grade 12
Prerequisites: Senior Standing
Economics in American History is a survey course designed to introduce the student to the science of economics. The individual will receive, initially, a history of the American economy followed by a traditional sequence of studies ranging from a look at the concepts of scarcity to a view of international economic conditions. The course treats the elements of economics theoretically and, at the same time, allows for a variety in approach and structure which will meet the requirements of different students with a wide range of needs.


P - Macroeconomics AP
Grade 12
Prerequisites: Senior Standing
AP Macroeconomics is an introductory college-level course that focuses on the principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination; it also develops students' familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Students learn to use graphs, charts, and data to analyze, describe, and explain economic concepts.

P - Psychology
Grades 11/12
Prerequisites: None
An introductory survey course designed to introduce students to the vast and diverse field of psychology. The course is based on the High School Psychology Standards as developed by the American Psychological Association. The course will include the five content domains and standards according to the following: Cognitive, Bio-psychological, Research Methods, Life Span Development, and Social/Emotional Psychology. The course will emphasize several contemporary psychological perspectives such as biological, cognitive, humanistic, psychoanalytical, and socio-cultural perspectives with current studies and past experiments. 

P - Psychology AP
Grades 11/12

Prerequisites: None
Advanced Placement Psychology is a one year elective course designed to give students an intense understanding of contemporary psychological perspectives. The course will emphasize the mastery of concepts dealing with content domains and content related standards such as Cognitive Psychology, Biological Basis of Behavior, Research Methodology and Procedures, Developmental Psychology, and Social/Emotional Psychology. The course is specifically designed to help students perform successfully on the Advanced Placement Examination in Psychology. It will provide students with research opportunities and practice in writing needed for the type of essays that will typically be encountered on the AP exam. Students will be prepared to take the Advanced Placement Psychology test offered by the College Board.