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Courses are offered based on demand, teacher availability and certification.

39021 U.S. History IA - 2 Trimesters - CHS/HHS/NHHS/PHS 9
39022 U.S. History IB
U.S. History IA covers from Pre-Columbian to Age of Jackson, with an emphasis on basic social studies skills, responsibilities of citizenship, and on economics factors, which have influenced historical outcomes. Focus will be placed on the Constitution and the Founding fathers. Years 1492 to 1860
U.S. History IB covers from Age of Jackson to the Age of Imperialism, with an emphasis on basic social studies skills, responsibilities of citizenship, and on economics factors, which have influenced historical outcomes. Focus will be placed on the Civil War as a shaping factor of our country. Years 1861 to 1890

39101 U.S. History IIA - 2 Trimesters - CHS/HHS/NHHS/PHS 11
39102 U.S. History IIB
U.S. History IIA covers Imperialism through World War II, with an emphasis on basic social studies skills, responsibilities of citizenship, and on economics factors, which have influenced historical outcomes. Focus will be placed on the world wars and the 20’s and 30’s which shaped the United States into a world entity. Years 1890 to 1945
U.S. History IIB covers the Cold War to the War on Terrorism, with an emphasis on basic social studies skills, responsibilities of citizenship, and on economics factors, which have influenced historical outcomes. Focus will be placed on cold war conflicts of Korea and Vietnam, which shaped the United States into a world superpower. Years 1946 to present

39121 AP U.S. History 111 and 112 A - 3 Trimesters - College Prep - CHS/HHS/PHS   (DC) 11
39122 AP U.S. History 111 and 112 B
39123 AP U.S. History 111 and 112 C

This is a course in American History that covers from early exploration and colonization to present day. The course will include the following activities: book reviews from supplemental list of historical novels; annotated bibliographies on historical documents from outside reading; expository writing indicating the student understands situations and emotions of a given period; map exercises for geography skills and sequence, graph, and vocabulary activities. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement test in U.S. History. An average of one hour per evening should be reserved for reading and assignment preparation. Beginning with the Class of 2021, AP US History A will be offered for elective credit and does not satisfy the history graduation requirement. AP US History B and C will be offered for history credit and will satisfy the graduation requirements. GEM Area 6

39401 U.S. Government A - 2 Trimesters - CHS/HHS/NHHS/PHS 12
39402 U.S. Government B
Prerequisite/Co-requisite: U.S. History II
This course is a study of the American Constitution; the processes of government; and powers and procedures of the legislative, judicial and executive branches, including structure and operation of the state and local governments. The relationships of the lobbyists, political parties, voters, and current affairs in our government system are also stressed. The students should acquire a working knowledge of their role in local, national and international political and economic affairs.

39421 AP U.S. Government and Politics A - 3 Trimesters - CHS/HHS/PHS (DC) 12
39422 AP U.S. Government and Politics B 
39423 AP U.S. Government and Politics C 
89423 POLS 1102: Introduction to Politics DC
This AP course in U.S. Government will give students an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality. This is a college-level course that a student may take instead of the standard government class. Students can take the AP exam in May and may receive college credit. Beginning with the Class of 2021, AP Government A and B will be offered for government credit and will satisfy the graduation requirements. AP Government C will be offered for elective credit and does not satisfy the government graduation requirement. GEM Area 7

39601 Economics - 1 Trimester - CHS/HHS/PHS/NHHS 10 11 12
The scope of this course endeavors to present basic economic concepts necessary to understand the way society deals with the problem of scarcity, to help students become more aware of the role of the free enterprise economic system of the United States, to understand the ways they as individuals and consumers affect the economy, how it affects them, and to help equip them with skills and tools that will enable them to make reasoned objective judgment about economic issues. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to act as responsible consumers in the American economy. This course will also provide students with an understanding of the concepts and principles involved in managing one’s personal finances.

30734 Personal Business Finance Economics - 1 Trimester – HHS 11 12
80734 Personal Business Finance Economics DC
A course designed to provide students personal finance skills and knowledge; to include goal setting, budgeting, saving, investing, borrowing, insuring, identity protection and retirement planning. BE 0190 GEM Area 8

30721 Personal Finance Economics - 1 Trimester - PHS 11 12
80721 Personal Finance Economics DC
This course provides students with an understanding of the concepts and principals involved in managing one’s personal finances. Topics may include savings and investing, credit, insurance, taxes and social security, spending patterns and budget planning, contracts, and consumer protection. These courses may also provide an overview of the American economy. GEM Area 8 

39311 Ancient Greece and Rome - 1 Trimester - CHS 9 10 11 12
This course will survey the history of the Greco-Roman world from the Greek Bronze Age (~1,200 BCE) through the Reign of Constantine the Great (337 CE). Particular attention will be paid to major political developments, the development of philosophical thought, transformations in the organization of labor and society, and the evolution of cultural perspective.

39304 British History – 1 Trimesters CHS 9 10 11 12 
This course will survey the history of early modern England, from approximately 1200 CE to 170 CE, with particular emphasis on critical moments of British History, especially as they pertain to the political development of the United States. As such, the class will pay special attention to such developments as the Magna Carta, the English Reformation, of English Bill of Rights, and Petition of Rights, and the Glorious Revolution of 1688. 

39501 Current Events - 1 Trimester - Repeatable - CHS/HHS/NHHS 10 11 12
This is a research and discussion class. The student is to learn what is going on in the world, nation, state and area. Daily and weekly news publications will be the basic sources, and other sources such as radio and television will be used.

42091 History of Rock and Roll - 1 Trimester - CHS/HHS/PHS 9 10 11 12
Recommended Prerequisite: U.S. History IA
This course will look at the origins of a style of music that was developed in the 1950's by merging country music with rhythm and blues and gospel style harmonies. Rock 'n' Roll was an inevitable outgrowth of the social and musical interactions between blacks and whites in the South and Southwest. Its roots are a complex tangle. Bedrock black church music influenced blues, rural blues influenced white folk song and the black popular music of the Northern ghettos, blues and black pop influenced jazz, and so on. But the single most important process was the influence of black music on white. Students will learn of the intermix of cultures and societies in the United States and Europe that brings this musical style to popularity worldwide through the end of the 20th Century and into the 21st Century. Prominent players and groups of each era will be covered, as well as sociological, economic and cultural factors that shaped the many styles of Rock music.

39901 Human Rights - 1 Trimester – CHS/HHS/PHS/NHHS 10 11 12
This course offers a study of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights document. The students will learn about twentieth century human rights violations such as the Holocaust during World War II, the civil rights movement in the United States, and human rights abuses in Rwanda and Darfur.

39331 Introduction to Anthropology - 1 Trimester – CHS 10 11 12
89331 Introduction to Anthropology DC
This course is designed to introduce the student to topics in Anthropology and the sub-disciplines of anthropology: Cultural Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics. The concept of culture will be introduced as an overarching approach to understanding human behavior. Students will explore key questions about human diversity in the past, present and future. GEM Area 4

39531 Politics in Film - 1 Trimester - HHS/PHS 10 11 12
This course is intended to be an introduction to the world of politics, government, and international relations through the use of film as a medium. The art form can influence beliefs and experiences and can be used as propaganda. Films can be used to reveal the character of a nation and its culture and serve as the principal means for socialization in society outside the family and school. Films will be edited for time and content. Students will be asked to think critically and participate in discussions on divisive issues.

39211 World History A - 1 or 2 Trimesters - HHS 10 11 12
39212 World History B
This course examines the events and ideas of the past that have most significantly affected the course of man’s life on Earth with special emphasis on the contribution of western civilization and an understanding and appreciation of the various cultures of the world today.

39291 AP World History A - 3 Trimesters - CHS/HHS (DC @ CHS) 10 11 12
39292 AP World History B
39293 AP World History C

In AP World History: Modern, students investigate significant events, individuals, developments, and processes from 1200 to the present. Students develop and use the same skills, practices, and methods employed by historians: analyzing primary and secondary sources; developing historical arguments; making historical connections; and utilizing reasoning about comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time. The course provides six themes that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places: humans and the environment, cultural developments and interactions, governance, economic systems, social interactions and organization, and technology and innovation. Students should expect to do work outside of class. GEM Area 6


Courses are offered based on demand, teacher availability and certification.

39701 Psychology - 1 Trimester - CHS/HHS/NHHS/PHS 9 10 11 12
Psychology is the systematic study of behaviors and mental processes. This introductory course includes surveys of the history of psychology and methods of scientific research in psychology. Students will study the structures and functions of the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, consciousness, sleep and dreaming, learning, memory, problem solving, intelligence, motivation and emotion, and social interactions.

39721 Advanced Psychology - 1 Trimester - HHS 10 11 12
Prerequisite: Psychology
This course involves an in-depth view of certain aspects of behavior. Topics covered include human developmental changes in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Theories of personality and psychological testing, the effects of stress on health, psychological disorders and methods of therapy will be covered. Statistical measures and current topics in psychology will also be addressed.

39821 Sociology - 1 Trimester - CHS/HHS/PHS 10 11 12
89821 Sociology DC - CHS 
Sociology is the study of social behavior and social issues. Students will learn about values and norms, roles, relationships and groups, culture, the family, adolescence, child abuse, drugs, the adult years, how and why societies change, poverty, crime, organized crime and gangs. Students will learn more about themselves and the society in which they live.

39711 Sports Psychology - 1 Trimester – HHS/PHS 9 10 11 12
Sports and Performance Psychology is a branch of psychology which deals with the study and application of the psychological principles that enhance performance. This course will teach students the psychology behind the development of optimal performance in a variety of genres. Students will understand the psychological underpinnings of effective teams and strategies to enhance physical and mental well-being.