Social Studies

Students are required to take at least four Social Studies courses throughout high school. Students will take courses about American History and beyond throughout the world. Once students have taken the required courses, they are given the opportunity to take AP Psychology and other courses. Instead of taking two years of American History, students may take AP US History for one semester. Students will study American History from Age of Exploration to present day. This course will deal with the who, what, when, where, and how questions of American History. Develop and/ or improve skills related to free response essays and document-based essays. They will also study Western and non-Western history from prehistoric times to the present with attention given to political, cultural, economic, and geographic areas for each country or historical period studied. Correlate current events with the study of various countries.

Bible I 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 9-12 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: None 

Focus on the Jewish nation’s history, how the Bible came to us, and the Old Testament’s key people and events. 

 

Bible II 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10-12 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: Bible I 

Focus on the New Testament, emphasizing Jesus’ life and the early church. 

 

American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: World History

As informed decision-makers, students will apply acquired knowledge to real-life experiences. When studying the legal and political systems, students will become aware of their rights and responsibilities and put this information into practice. 

 

American History: The Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics Honors 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10 

   Weight: H 

   Prerequisite: World History 

As informed decision-makers, students will apply acquired knowledge to real-life experiences. When studying the legal and political systems, students will become aware of their rights and responsibilities and put this information into practice. The economic, legal, and political systems will be expanded on through selected readings, projects, and written research essays. 

 

American History I

   Credit: 1 

   Grade: 11 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: Civics & Economics 

Learn important historic events from the institution of the emerging republic to the present. Examine events to show how they have shaped America’s relations with the rest of the world, and how they have shaped America’s democracy, culture, and economic system. 

 

American History I Honors 

   Credit: 1 

   Grade: 11 

   Weight: H 

   Prerequisite: Civics & Economics 

Study the important historic events from the institution of the emerging republic to the present. Participate in extensive reading and special projects. Learn critical thinking skills, analysis of primary documents, and written research essays. 

 

American History II

Credit: 1

Grade: 11

Weight: S

Prerequisite: American History I

Learn important historic events from Reconstruction to current day issues. Examine events of American history to show how they have shaped America’s relations with the rest of the world, and how they have shaped America’s democracy, culture, and economic system.

 

American History II Honors

Credit: 1

Grade: 11

Weight: S

Prerequisite: American History I

Learn important historic events from Reconstruction to current day issues. Examine events of American history to show how they have shaped America’s relations with the rest of the world, and how they have shaped America’s democracy, culture, and economic system.

 

Advanced Placement U.S. History

   Credit: 1 

   Grade: 11 

   Weight: AP 

   Prerequisite: Recommended B+ average on all English and Social Studies courses. 

Study American History from Age of Exploration to present day. This course will deal with the who, what, when, where, and how questions of American History. Develop and/ or improve skills related to free response essays and document-based essays. Participate in a variety of outside readings. Earn college credit by scoring high on the AP Exam and receive AP weight for the course. 

 

World History 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 9 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: None 

Study Western and non-Western history from prehistoric times to the present with attention given to political, cultural, economic, and geographic areas for each country or historical period studied. Correlate current events with the study of various countries. 

 

World History Honors 

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 9 

   Weight: H 

   Prerequisite: None 

Study Western and non-Western history from prehistoric times to the present with attention given to political, cultural, economic, and geographic areas for each country or historical period studied. Correlate current events with the study of various countries.

 

Advanced Placement World History 

   Credit: 1 

   Grade: 12 

   Weight: AP 

   Prerequisite: Recommended B+ average on all English and Social Studies courses, US History or AP US History

Learn the major events in European History from 1400 to the 1970’s and develop an understanding of some of the principle themes in European history. Students will develop an awareness of the consequences of European contacts with the rest of the world, and develop an ability to analyze historical evidence by working with primary documentary sources from the past. Themes followed in the course will be political, social, intellectual, economic, and intercultural responses. Earn college credit by scoring high on the AP Exam. 

 

Psychology

Credit: 1

Grade: 12

Weight: S

Prerequisite: None

This Course focuses on individual behavior and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. Major emphasis will be placed on research methods, stages in childhood, and adolescence.

 

Advanced Placement Psychology

Credit: 1

Grade: 12

Weight: S

Prerequisite: None

This Course focuses on individual behavior and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. Major emphasis will be placed on research methods, stages in childhood, and adolescence.

 

Occupational Social Studies I: US History I

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10-12 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: None 

This course is designed to provide the student with basic economic, government, and political knowledge they need to become responsible citizens and consumers. It covers the historical background of the development of the United States, including the Constitution and amendments, and the three branches of government, and major laws that effect citizens. The course also covers state and local government roles and jurisdictions, and issues of personal citizenship. 

 

Occupational Social Studies II: US History II

   Credit: 1 

   Grades: 10-12 

   Weight: S 

   Prerequisite: OCS Social Studies I 

This course is designed to teach students concepts and skills related to self-advocacy and self-determination, which are essential for achieving independence and successful adult outcomes. The course strands include: Self-Concept, Communication and Assertiveness, Problem Solving, and Self-Advocacy.

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Eden, North Carolina 27288

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