Social Studies courses are divided into three main areas. Each area includes courses designed to meet the needs of students with various backgrounds and abilities. In each of these courses certain skills will be stressed, including critical thinking, interpretation of charts, graphs, pictures, maps, cartoons, and statistics relating the past to the present, note taking and outlining, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, understanding cause and effect, and written and oral expressions of ideas. Current technology will also be used to supplement the learning process highlighting the importance of research.
AP U. S. Government
The first part will provide extensive study of the U.S. Constitution, the federal system, and state and local governments. Political parties, interest groups, elections, and voter behavior will also be studied. Outside reading, the writing of essays, research reports, and discussion are essential elements of this course. The second part course will provide an extensive study of the U.S. Congress, Presidency, and Judiciary. Additional topics will include bureaucracy, civil liberties, and U.S. foreign policy.