Grade 9-12. Year-long. Weighted grade.
Covering from 8000 BC to the present, this full-year college level history course requires students to master factual knowledge as well as develop analytical skills necessary to be an historian. Specific themes are used as a framework to analyze regions around the globe including Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Throughout the year, students will use documents and primary sources, make comparisons across cultures, and develop the vital habits of mind required to be successful in Advanced Placement courses. This course imposes a heavy reading and writing workload, and the demands on students are equivalent to a full-year introductory college course. AP World History covers topics at a faster pace than Honors World History, requiring students to enter the course with high reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Summer work may be offered to help students successfully prepare for the rigorous and extensive coursework. This course satisfies the freshmen Social Studies graduation requirement. Students who successfully complete this course and the AP World History examination may receive college credit and/or higher placement in college.