United States History is a one-year course offered to students who have successfully completed both Global Studies I and II. Students will begin the course with a geographic overview of the continental United States before moving onto colonization and ending with material regarding present day matters. The course itself is divided into two semesters. During the first semester, students will be responsible for all materials covered between the first days of instruction through the Civil War, with a final exam given on this historic time period at the end of the second quarter. During the second semester, material from the time period of reconstruction through the present day will be covered, culminating in a comprehensive final exam on material covered throughout the year.
Students will be expected to review political, social, and economic events with a critical eye, while analyzing and evaluating the cause and effect of past and present events. The course will be taught through lecture and notes, using supplemental materials such as video clips, movies, active and differentiated instruction, projects, and reading. Students taking AP History are required to take the AP exam in May.