The curriculum for grades 9-12 Social Studies is designed to integrate out school mission with courses that both reinforce and challenge. Courses are taught in a structured environment designed to encourage both success and understanding about the world in which we live. The scope and sequence of upper grades Social Studies emphasizes mastery of American history and government, citizenship, modern cultures and world history, geography, economics, politics and worldwide current events. These are areas important for future college success and success as an American citizen.
World History – 10
A general survey of world history from its beginnings through the mid 20th century, with special emphasis on western civilization. Subjects covered include: a study of classical Greece and Rome; the development of Judaism and Christianity and their long term effects upon Civilization; Medieval Europe; the rise of Islam; the Renaissance; the Reformation; the French Revolution; the Industrial Revolution in England; Nationalist and Unification movements in 19th century Europe; Imperialism; the Russian Revolution; and the great power conflicts of the 20th century. Knowledge of historical geography is emphasized as related to the previous modern geography course. Class lectures and written analysis questions are major methods of teaching. Student discussion is encouraged.
United States History – 11
A general survey of American history from European discovery to the 20th century. Subjects covered include: native American Indian culture, exploration; colonial America; the America War of Independence; the Federalist and Republican eras; westward expansion; Jacksonian democracy; manifest destiny, American slavery and its effects of national development; the Civil War and Reconstruction; and America as a developing political, military and economic world power into the 20th century. Special emphasis is placed on the role and contributions of Native-Americans, African-Americans, and other ethnic cultural groups on America’s progress development. Course topics are also related to the role of North Carolina in US history. Class lecture, supplementary readings, map work, and analysis questions are major methods of teaching. Student discussion and participation is highly encouraged.
American Government – 12
The fundamentals of American government and political philosophy are the focus of this senior level course. Subjects include attention to the structural development of the modern Federal government including the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches. Special emphasis is placed upon the creation of the United States Constitution; Bill of Rights; the electoral and legislative processes; liberal and conservative politics; constitutional law and court cases; taxation; and comparative governmental systems. The course attempts to allow the student to see his/her on role in the political process, and encourages analytical thinking and decision making with a goal towards full participation as an American citizen. A major part of the course is lecture, question/answer, and group discussion.