Social Studies Curriculum

After passing our high school Social Studies curriculum, students will be able to independently use their learning to: analyze historical events to identify how it impacts present and future events; participate effectively in a democratic society; develop an appreciation and understanding of cultural differences, including a global awareness identifying their place in the world; and read and evaluate text in which they can apply knowledge to communicate a meaningful message.

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to earn 3 credits in social studies to meet Georgia high school graduation rules.

(1 credit World History, 1 credit US History, ½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics)

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Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation Preferred

This year-long, one credit, elective course conforms to the College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Human Geography Examination. This course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography. The course introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socioeconomic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012). Students are strongly encouraged to take the College Board AP Human Geography Examination upon the completion of this course. Significant outside reading and assignments should be anticipated as part of the course.

NOTE: AP Exam Required

This year-long, one credit, required course provides students with a comprehensive, intensive study of major events and themes in world history. Students begin with a study of the earliest civilizations worldwide and continue to examine major developments and themes in all regions of the world. The course culminates in a study of change and continuity and globalization at the beginning of the 21st century.

 

Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation Preferred

This year-long, one credit course provides students with a comprehensive, intensive study of major events and themes in world history. Students begin with a study of the earliest civilizations worldwide and continue to examine major developments and themes in all regions of the world. The course culminates in a study of change and continuity and globalization at the beginning of the 21st century. Special attention is given to developing the critical thinking, test-taking, and writing skills needed to succeed in future Advanced Placement classes. Additional outside reading and document analysis are also incorporated into this course as part of the accelerated curriculum.

Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation Preferred

This year-long, one credit course conforms to the College Board topics for the Advanced Placement World History Examination. It focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions. This course requires thinking on an advanced level and strong verbal and written communication skills. Students are strongly encouraged to take the College Board AP World History Examination upon completion of this course. Significant outside reading and assignments should be anticipated as part of the course.

NOTE: AP Exam Required

This year-long, one credit, required course provides students with a comprehensive, intensive study of major events and themes in United States history. Beginning with early European colonization, the course examines major events and themes throughout United States history. The course concludes with significant developments in the early 21st century. 

 *The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.

Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation Preferred

This year-long, one credit course conforms to the College Board topics for the Advanced Placement United States History Examination. It focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about U.S. history from approximately 1491 to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Seven themes of equal importance — identity; peopling; politics and power; work, exchange, and technology; America in the world; environment and geography; and ideas, beliefs, and culture — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. These require students to reason historically about continuity and change over time and make comparisons among various historical developments in different times and places. This course requires thinking on an advanced level and strong verbal and written communication skills. Students are strongly encouraged to take the College Board AP U.S. History Examination upon completion of this course. Significant outside reading and assignments should be anticipated as part of the course.

*The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade. 

NOTE: AP Exam Required

This one-semester, .5 credit, required course provides students with a background in the philosophy, functions, and structure of the United States government. Students examine the philosophical foundations of the United States government and how that philosophy developed. Students also examine the structure and function of the United States government and its relationship to states and citizens.

Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation Preferred

This year-long, one credit course conforms to the College Board topics for the Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States Examination. AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. This course requires thinking on an advanced level and strong verbal and written communication skills. Students are strongly encouraged to take the College Board AP Government & Politics: United States Examination upon completion of this course. Significant outside reading and assignments should be anticipated as part of the course.

NOTE: AP Exam Required

Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation Preferred

Macroeconomics Examination. It 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. This course requires thinking on an advanced level. Students are strongly encouraged to take the College Board AP Macroeconomics Examination upon completion of this course. 

*The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.

This one-semester, .5 credit, required course provides students with a basic foundation in the field of economics. The course has five sections: fundamental concepts, microeconomics, macroeconomics, international economics, and personal finance. In each area, students are introduced to major concepts and themes concerning that aspect of economics. 

 *The state mandated Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessment is required and counts 20% of the student’s overall course grade.

Explores United States History through film. This semester course includes analysis and interpretation of events through both print and film. There are no QCC’s or GPS’s associated with this course.

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