• Social Studies



    This course helps students understand their vital role as a citizen in a democratic society. Students gain an understanding of government in the United States and how to participate actively in the political process. This course covers the foundation of American government; political behavior; the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; and state and local government. The focus of the class is on participation in government and political behavior. Current events and issues concerning government in the United States will be integrated throughout the course.



    Contemporary Social Issues will provide students an opportunity to explore the many different events in the world that affect our life in America. Issues that are pertinent to our society will be identified and studied in order to understand their overall impact. 



    This course introduces students to information, practical advice, and competency-building activities designed to provide them with the ability to analyze, evaluate, and, in some situations, resolve legal disputes.  This course will provide practical information and problem solving opportunities that develop in students the knowledge and skills necessary for survival in our law-saturated society.



    In this course we will explore the basics of Globalization which is the process of integrating national economies, political structures, and cultures into a single, world-wide, interdependent system.  Students will have the opportunity to research and discuss several concepts including:  the implications of diversity in moral and political systems, ways in which the world is both unified and divided, why critics argue that global economic expansion creates poverty in many countries, and why the U.N., WTO, and IMF are controversial. 



    History Through Art will help students understand and analyze how art functions in history, society, and everyday life.  This class consists of cave paintings to twenty-first century art, as well as an introduction to art appreciation.  Students will recreate art reproductions, give speeches and presentations, and design group time-lines documenting historical time periods.


    PSYCHOLOGY (NCAA Approved)

    This course introduces students to psychology in two ways.  First, it provides students with a foundation in the basic theories and principles of psychology.  Second, it guides students toward a greater understanding of their own capacity for growth.  All students will be able to benefit from the insights provided by a field that touches almost every aspect of their daily lives. 


    U.S. HISTORY (NCAA Approved)

    United States History is a survey course that begins with the development of early America and the period of European exploration and colonization. The student will study important periods in the development of the United States. Some major topics include the American Revolution, the U.S. Constitution, the Civil War, social and ethnic development, Industrialization, the World Wars, the Depression, the Cold War Era, the Vietnam Era, the 1960s and 70s, and developments of the 1980s and early 1990s. Through the use of critical thinking, the student will analyze these periods of the past and discover their relevance to the present. This course is designed to address state standards in History.


    YOU AND THE LAW (NCAA Approved)

    You & the Law is a semester course designed to give students an understanding of the legal system and its impact on our lives.  We learn about Constitutional rights, laws and their application to current events, and the intricacies of the court system.  Students practice debating both sides of issues and participate in the preparation and presentation of a mock trial