WORLD STUDIES: 1750 TO PRESENT: College (210), *Honors (212)
Ninth graders complete the chronological study of world history. This study includes history and integrates each academic content standard. As students study each historical event, they consider the geographic setting, the cultural perspectives, the economic implications and the role of the governments. They develop a deeper understanding of their role as citizens and continue to expand their command of social studies skills and methods.
U.S. STUDIES: 1877 TO PRESENT - College (220), *Honors (222)
Tenth graders complete the chronological study of the history of the United States. This study includes history and integrates each academic content standard. As students study historic events, they consider the geographic setting, the cultural perspectives, the economic implications and the role of the government. They develop a deeper understanding of their role as citizens and continue to expand their command of social studies skills and methods.
GOVERNMENT - College (230) - *Honors (231)
Eleventh graders complete American Government during the first semester. The student begins with a survey of the major forms of government and the principal economic systems found in the world today. The provisions of the U.S. Constitution are discussed, including the Bill of Rights, amendments, as well as the formal and informal amendment process. Included is an investigation into past and present decisions of the Supreme Court that guarantee and protect the civil rights of all Americans. The American federal system is examined, emphasizing the division of powers, separation of powers, checks and balances, and branches of government.
Recognizing that popular participation is the essence of the democratic process, the student is introduced to the electoral process. Here they explore the idea of "government by the people," by studying the nature and function of political parties, the value of exercising their right to vote, understanding voter behavior, public opinion and pressure groups; culminating with a mock election. The course also studies the values, rights, responsibilities, and political obligations of American citizenship.
The fourth nine week grading period involves attention to local government, mentioning Lake County and Wickliffe variations. Areas of interest studied are forms of local government, the role played by special districts, the development and legal status of cities, charters, planning and zoning, services, and the financing of State and local government in Ohio.
CITIZENSHIP - College (240) - *Honors (241)
The 12th grade year serves as a capstone in which students apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in previous grades. The focus of the course includes current events, recent history, U.S. issues, and world causes. Students demonstrate skills necessary for active, effective citizenship. They continue their understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as personal economic responsibilities.
Students participate in lessons pertaining to financial literacy. Topics include: the use of budget, the relationship of income level to supply and demand in the market, and the roles of people in the economy. Students further explore consequences of choices in the areas of savings, credit, interest rates, philanthropy, and investments.
Students will gain knowledge to local government, mentioning both county and city governments. Areas of interests studied are forms of local government, the role played by special districts, the development of legal status of cities, charters, planning and zoning, services, and the financing of state and local government in Ohio. Students are further encouraged to run for elected and appointed city and school offices during Student Government Day activities.
Inquiries in Sociology attempts to actively involve students in discovering what society is like and how it came to evolve as it has. The course will help students answer the basic question: Who am I? The course requires a high level of student participation because of the emphasis on learning through inquiry. Students will be expected to work out their own conclusions before turning to the instructor or to the textbook. Recommended for students planning careers in law, medicine, education, social work, journalism, business management, sales, advertising or marketing.
Psychology begins with a unit on how to become a more successful student by improving study habits and test taking. After a brief introduction dealing with psychology in general, the following areas are studied: the brain, sleep, drugs, altered states of consciousness, sensory deprivation, visual perception, ESP, subliminal perception, stress, memory, pain, and hypnosis. Students participate in psychological experiments during the semester. Recommended for students planning careers in law, medicine, education, social work, psychology, business management, sales, marketing, advertising or journalism.
**ADVANCED PLACEMENT AMERICAN HISTORY (232)
A.P. American History is designed to duplicate an intensive college freshman American History course in both content and presentation. Students considering this course should understand that sophisticated material is presented in an intensive fashion. Daily lectures with frequent essay tests are an integral part of the course. Students are expected to do extensive reading in addition to the textbook. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to take notes from lectures, study efficiently, and increase their critical thinking skills. American history will be traced from early exploration to present day, with the major emphasis on the period between the Revolutionary War and with the major emphasis on the period between the Revolutionary War and World War II.
**ADVANCED PLACEMENT EUROPEAN HISTORY (242)
A.P. European History traces the development of the modern world. The basic period of time studied in the course extends from the birth of the modern European continent in 1500 to the 1980's. The course traces in detail the development of Western Europe as the dominant force in the world between 1500 and the 21st Century. At the same time, A.P. European History examines the philosophical basis of this western civilization in terms of its economic, social, political, religious, and cultural foundations. Students considering this course should understand that sophisticated material is presented in an intensive fashion. Prospective students should also understand that extensive reading, in addition to the textbook, will be required.
* Honors – weighted credit of .5 is granted if student receives a C or higher.