Required during Freshman year: World History or Honors World History AP Track
World History - 1401
World History traces the development of modern civilizations throughout the world from 1400 to the present. An importance is placed on global viewpoints, social, economic, political and religious movements that have contributed to the creation of the modern world.
An overall emphasis is placed on general principles that are applicable to the social sciences, the cause and effect relationships in the human story, the continual development and revision of history, and how our modern world has been shaped and understood.
The learning activities for this class include: lecture notes, primary and secondary source analysis, group and class discussions, academic research, website activities, and films. Following the end of each unit, students will complete a summative assessment. These assessments include: formal tests, research papers, and group and individual projects.
Through these learning activities, students will develop their historical thinking skills. These skills will be fundamental as students complete their remaining Social Studies Courses. This course focuses on developing the student’s reading comprehension, primary and secondary document analysis, and understanding of cause and effect relationships throughout world history.
Honors World History AP Track - 1408
Grade: 9 *Recommended for those who plan to take AP US History, AP World History, or AP European History in the future.
Prerequisite: Invitation by Social Studies Department is required
This course will cover the same topics as the regular freshmen world history course. Students will read additional and more challenging primary and secondary documents, learn to analyze and evaluate evidence, and develop the type of writing skills necessary for success in AP Social Studies courses.
Admission to this class will be based on the following criteria: 8th Grade Terra Nova scores in English and Writing and the St. Francis DeSales Entrance Exam scores in Reading and English.
US Culture - 1441 (year)
This course will cover basic American History and will introduce various aspects of American culture such as our educational, legal, justice, political, economic, and social systems. Students will also have opportunities to practice the English language through conversation and presentations. Social studies skills will be stressed to assist students in achievement for the state end of course exam.
As a result of this course, students will better understand American systems and be prepared to function more fluently in American society, as well as the American high school setting.
Required during Sophomore year: American History or AP US History
US History - 1423
The thematic focus for American History is the period beginning with Reconstruction through the present. The course puts emphasis on the causes, effects, and events that most affect our country and its role in the world today and the effect of world events on our history. Students will have the opportunity to examine issues of the twentieth century and speculate on the prospects for the twenty-first century. The course is designed to offer political, social, and economic insights into our nation’s history and requires several small projects each quarter dealing with various aspects of American history as well as homework, tests, written assignments, participation in class discussions, and oral reports.
The American History course will be taught with an inquiry approach. Students will be given questions to investigate in both group and individual settings. Approximately one-third of each quarter grade will be based on research projects; one-third on tests, quizzes, and homework; and one-third on class involvement (including contributions to group work, participation in class discussions, enthusiasm for acquiring historical knowledge, general class participation, cooperation with other students and the teacher.
AP United States History - 1420
Prerequisite: Invitation by the Social Studies Department is required
This full-year course will cover American History from the pre-Columbian era to the present. The course will focus on social, political, intellectual, technological and economic developments through this time period. The class will include traditional learning methods such as lecture, but will also involve more in-depth activities such as the reading, discussion an analysis of primary sources and the evaluation of historians' arguments. By combining lecture/note taking with source analysis and discussion, students will gain both a knowledge of objective historical information that will lead them to success on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam (taken in May) and critical thinking skills that will help them in all academic areas-particularly as they prepare for college. Good skills in written analysis and interpretation are essential for success in the class.
Either 1442 US Govt. or 1437 AP US Govt. and Politics
US Government - 1442
This full-year course is a study of the government and political process of the United States, including its historical and philosophical development, its organization, and its function today, as well as the Constitutional principles on which it is built. This course emphasizes the role of citizens in our democracy and the importance of being informed, responsible and active citizens, as well as individual rights and responsibilities. Students will develop these skills by completing a Civic Action Project.
AP U.S. Government & Politics – 1437
Prerequisite: Invitation by the Social Studies Department is required
This full-year course will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. Topics to be covered include the Constitutional underpinnings of our government; political beliefs and behaviors; political parties, interest groups, and mass media; institutions of national government: the Congress, the Presidency, the bureaucracy, and the federal courts; public policy, civil rights and civil liberties. Above average critical reading and written analysis interpretation skills are essential for success both in this class and on the AP U.S. Government & Politics exam in May. Guest speakers and community resources will be utilized when possible. Additionally, students will prepare for and participate in the Ohio Mock Trial Competition. Successful completion of this project will require students to meet outside of regular class sessions for trial preparation and scrimmages.
Offered during Junior or Senior year:
Introduction to Psychology - 1434 (.5 year)
TThis semester course is an introduction to Psychology: the scientific study of the brain and behavior of living things, especially humans. Students focus on topics including: research methods, sensation and perception, learning, developmental psychology from infancy to old age, anatomy of the brain, self and personality, abnormal behavior and therapy. Teaching methodologies will include lecture-discussion, small group work, movies and role-playing. Students are required to prepare a research assignment on a psychology related issue, theory, or concept.
AP Psychology - 1436 (year)
Prerequisite: Invitation by the Social Studies Dept. and successful completion of Advanced Biology or enrollment in Anatomy & Physiology. PSAT Scores in Reading and Writing
TThis full-year course is an in-depth approach to Psychology. The class follows the American Psychological Association’s national standards for the teaching of high school psychology.
The five content areas are:
Biopsychological (biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception motivation and emotion and stress) ;
Cognitive (learning, memory, thinking and language, states of consciousness);
Sociocultural (psychological disorders, and treatment.