History Department

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  • Medieval & Early Modern Times AB (Grade 7)

    Beginning with the late Middle Ages and continuing through the early modern period, this course examines expansion of trade, the age of exploration and Western traditions in light of world cultural influences. (5-10 Units)
  • Civics & U.S. History AB (Grade 8)

    A traditional approach to civics emphasizing the understanding of federalism, civic responsibility and the workings of government, is the core of the first semester of this course. The second semester explores the role of the U.S. in world affairs of this century and includes domestic issues such as civil rights and introductory economics. (5-10 Units)
  • World History AB (Grade 9-10)

    This course is the study of civilized man from the beginning of recorded history to the present. The class focus is on Western and Near Eastern civilizations. The use of effective listening and note taking skills is emphasized. Essay exams are used to develop reasoning skills supported by data from legitimate sources. (5-10 Units)
  • History of Art and Music (Grades 9-12)

    This course introduces students to classical and traditional works of art, music and architecture. It stresses the analysis of the works(s) to draw meaningful historical conclusions about the time in which they were created along with the artists’ intent. The course is divided into three sections: a) painting, sculpture and decorative arts; 2) architecture 3) music history. (5-10 Units)
  • U.S. History AB (Grade 11/12)

    A survey of U.S. history from the colonial period through the formulation of the constitution, rise of federalism, sectionalism, civil war and reconstruction, industrialization, expansion, rise to world power and modern times. Areas of study include the term paper, essay writing, use and understanding of primary sources and critical thinking skills for dealing with the complex questions facing the U.S. (5-10 Units)
  • American Democracy AB (Grade 11/12)

    A course designed to give students an appreciation for the workings of the United States political system. The focus will be on the European origins of American notions of political, social, religious and economic freedom and will examine each branch of government in a biographical approach. The second semester covers economics in the world picture and the role of the United States in the changing political climate. (5-10 Units)
  • AP U.S. History AB (Grade 11/12)

APUSH covers US History from the migration across the land bridge, pre-Columbian North America to present day United States. An emphasis is placed on interpreting documents, mastering a significant body of factual information, and writing critical essays.  The course will emphasize a series of key themes throughout the year as well as focus on Historical Thinking Skills. The course will trace these themes throughout the year, emphasizing the ways in which they are inter-connected and examining the ways in which each helps to shape the changes over time that are so important to understanding United States history.

  • AP U.S. Government and Politics AB (Grade 11/12)

This course is designed to teach U.S. constitutional government based on principles of philosophy, political beliefs and behavior, political parties and interest groups, national institutions and policy processes and law.  Emphasis is given to the relationship of the citizen to the structure and function of the American constitutional system. Students develop a critical perspective of government and politics in the United States.  The nature of the American political system, its development over the past two centuries and how it works today are examined.  Emphasis will be placed on increasing the techniques of evaluating, refuting, comparing, contrasting, analyzing and documenting and supporting ideas.

  • Summer Tour (Grades 6-12)

    A three- to five-week week educational tour of the United States or Europe. The students plan their own itinerary and have the opportunity to experience living history and geography. The U.S. tour includes amazing experiences throughout the nation.