Social Studies 6
Sixth-grade content standards focus on the history of the United States from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Historical events studied by sixth graders include the rise of the United States as an industrial nation, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War Era. Furthermore, the economic, political, social, and technological issues and developments from post World War II to the present are explored. Emphasis is placed on economic, geographic, historic, and civic and governmental changes that have influenced every aspect of life during these events, including communication and technological advances, reorganization of national boundaries, and the movement of the United States into the role of world leader.
This one semester course is designed to give students an understanding of Geography through the study of terms, political and physical maps, social systems, climates, populations, resources, and economic influences. Seventh grade Geography will explore the relationship between people, movement, location of places, environment in terms of spatial context, and human environment interaction will be given special attention. This course is taken by all 7th grade students.
The goal of education in civics and government is informed, responsible participation in political life by competent citizens committed to the fundamental values and principles of the constitutional democracy that established the republic of the United States of America. These standards incorporate the strands of economics, geography, history, and civics and government with an obvious emphasis on political ideology. They address representative democracy, individual rights and freedoms, law, personal finance, and civic responsibilities.
The study of ancient history addresses the time period from prehistoric man to the dawn of the Renaissance. Course content focuses on the migrations of early peoples, the rise of civilizations, the establishment of governments and religions, the growth of economic systems, and ways in which these events shaped Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. This course is taken by all 8th grade students.
World History 9
The study of world history focuses on the period from Reformation, to the world after WWII, and beyond to modern times. It allows them to analyze development and changes in the European, Asian, African, and American civilizations and ways in which interactions of these cultures have influenced the formation of today’s world. Knowledge of other cultures enables students to develop a better appreciation for the unique American heritage of liberty. This course is taken by all 9th grade students.
This course covers the historic development of American ideas and institutions from the Age of Exploration to 1877. While focusing on political and economic history, the students are also provided with knowledge of American culture through a chronological survey of major issues, movements, people and events in U.S. and Alabama history. This course is taken by all 10th grade students not taking AP US History.
U.S. History II
This course includes a comprehensive study of critical issues and events in modern U.S. history. Students gain knowledge of the changing political, economic, and cultural forces at work within the nation; of the impact of the national environment on all aspects of life in America; and of the role in America in the international community.
AP U.S. History I & II
The AP U.S. History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of American history from approximately 1491 to the present. The course has students investigate the content of U.S. history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in nine historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. Prerequisites: “A” average for the year in 9th Grade World History, Teacher Approval, and Summer work/reading is required.
This course is for one semester of credit. Economics addresses essential concepts necessary for students to completely and effectively participate in a complex global society. Content encompasses both microeconomic and macroeconomic principles. Key elements include the study of scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, national income determination, money and the role of financial institutions, economic stabilization, and trade. This course is taken by all students in 12th grade.
This course is for one semester of credit. This course will focus on the origins, structure, and functions of government at all levels in the nation. This includes understanding the factors that aided in the development of a republic based on the rule of the law, freedom of opportunity, individual liberty and representative democracy. A detailed evaluation of the Constitution of the United States and its provisions are included in this course. This course is taken by all students in 12th grade.
This course is a survey of social, intellectual, economic, and political developments, which have molded the modern western world. This course covers the ancient and medieval periods and concludes in the era of the Renaissance and Reformation. This course is an elective course.