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.
This course surveys the history of the United States. A brief introduction to the founding of the U.S. is included. Special a en on is devoted to the development of the United States government and Constitution, political history, military involvements, economic factors, and the perception of America held both by its own citizens itself and the greater world. America's rise to the status of a world power in the Twentieth Century is analyzed, along with the a attendant changes in its foreign and domes c policies. The course is designed to ground the students in U.S. history and prepare them for college-level coursework. Two research projects will be required over the course of the year.