9th Grade Courses
U.S. GOVERNMENT 1 credit
U.S. Government and is required for all 9th graders. When 9th graders register for Social Studies, this course will be offered as a semester course. U.S. Government—Comprehensive courses provide an overview of the structure and functions of the U.S. government and political institutions and examine constitutional principles, the concepts of rights and responsibilities, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the importance of civic participation in the democratic process. These courses may examine the structure and function of state and local governments and may cover certain economic and legal topics. A passing grade is required for graduation.
Economics 1/2 credit
Economics is a semester long course that covers the fundamentals of economic systems with a main focus on market economies. Topics such as supply, demand, market competition, and economic cycles are related to consumer choice and current issues. There will be a strong focus placed on personal finance. Topics such as saving, debt, and investing will be covered. Economics courses provide students with an overview of economics with primary emphasis on the principles of microeconomics and the U.S.economic system. These courses may also cover topics such as principles of macroeconomics, international economics, and comparative economics. Economic principles may be presented in formal theoretical contexts, applied contexts, or both.
CP GOVERNMENT 9 / CP Economics 1 credit
Students who want a more academically challenging course may elect CP Government/Economics. Students will be using more advanced level texts and primary source readings. Content standards will be covered in more depth. Class activities may include seminars, panel presentations, debates, and research papers. This is a yearlong course. A passing grade for the government portion is required for graduation.
10th Grade Courses
WORLD HISTORY and GEOGRAPHY 1 credit
World History and Geography is a year-long course examining the major civilizations of past and present. This course concentrates on humanity’s more significant political, economic, cultural, and intellectual achievements. Content includes the ancient Near East, India, China, the classical world, the Middle Ages, and the modern world. The impact of geography, nationalism, imperialism, and the rise of science are emphasized. World Geography courses provide students with an overview of world geography, but may vary widely in the topics they cover. Topics typically include the physical environment; the political landscape; the relationship between people and the land; economic production and development; and the movement of people, goods, and ideas. In addition to covering the objectives of World History—Overview courses, World History and Geography courses provide an overview of world geography. These courses are often developed in response to increased national concern regarding the importance of geography, and they explore geographical concepts.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT WORLD HISTORY* 1 credit weighted 5.0
Following the College Board’s suggested curriculum designed to parallel college-level World History courses, AP World History courses examine world history from 8000 BCE to the present with the aim of helping students develop a greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contracts and how different human societies have interacted. These courses highlight the nature of changes in an international context and explore their causes and continuity.