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World Cultures Grade Level 9 5 Credits
World Cultures examines the geography, history, culture and literature of the non-western, contemporary world. This course emphasizes global awareness and the development of critical thinking skills. The interdependence of nations and human communities will be examined. Students will interpret literature, analyze data, research solutions to global problems and present their ideas in writing, as well as in formal speech and debate.  The course includes both current issues and historical content to provide a comprehensive understanding of the present state of the developing, post-colonial world and how it became what it is today. Students wishing to pursue honors-level study in 10th grade must complete the optional 9th grade portfolio.
United States History 1 Grade Level 10 5 Credits
This is a survey course in American history from colonial times to the closing of the American frontier after the Civil War. Extensive use is made of primary sources and digital materials. Although the emphasis is primarily historical, some attention is given to the cultural trends in American society. A wide range of evaluative techniques are used.
United States History 1 Honors Grade Level 10 Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation and Completion of Honors Portfolio Required 5 Credits                                                
This is a survey course in American history from colonial times to the closing of the American frontier after the Civil War. Skill development emphasis is placed on reading, composition and discussion. Extensive use is made of primary sources and digital materials. Project and presentation opportunities are numerous and varied. A wide selection of evaluative techniques is employed. Only students who complete the World Cultures Portfolio will be matriculated in this course.
United States History 2 Grade Level 11 5 Credits A sequel to United States History 1, this course surveys American history from the turn of the 20th century to the present. The major theme of the course is the economic and global reach of the United States from the late Gilded Age to our current Information Age. Students will be encouraged to do in-depth work in one of the major study areas. Periodicals and audiovisual aids will be used extensively.
United States History 2 Honors Grade Level 11 Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation 5 Credits A sequel to United States History 1, this course surveys American history from the turn of the 20th century to the present. The major theme of the course is the economic and global reach of the United States from the late Gilded Age to our current Information Age. Students will be encouraged to do in-depth work in one of the major study areas. Periodicals and audiovisual aids will be used extensively. As an honors course, students will be challenged with greater reading assignments and frequent writing tasks that further develop critical thinking skills.
Advanced Placement United States History 2 Grade Level 11 5 Credits Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of Honors US History 1 Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.                           
This rigorous survey of American history leads to both the fulfillment of the state’s American history requirement and success in the American History A.P. Test. There is a heavy emphasis on both reading and writing about American history. Original source materials and scholarly interpretations are read and discussed on a daily basis. Oral participation in classroom discussion is expected of all students, and considerable effort must be devoted to the development of research and analytical papers outside of class. This program is intended for students who possess very good communication and thinking skills, and who are well motivated toward the study of American history. Students who enroll in AP United States History 2 are expected to register for and take the AP United States History 2 Exam. 
Online Economics Seminar $ Grade Level 10-12 2.5 Credits This one-semester, online course also meets the Financial Literacy requirement. Focusing on mostly financial literacy topics, the course will help teens master the foundational elements of personal finance and to prepare for life on their own. Topics include; savings accounts, checking accounts, credit cards, taxes, loans and interest, home loans, auto loans, insurance, bonds, stocks, mutual funds, risk and diversification and inflation. Although students will take the course online, the Social Studies Supervisor, Mr. Sánchez, will manage it.
Honors Seminar: Holocaust & Genocide Grade Level 10-12 Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation 2.5 Credits This honors-level, semester course presents historical film and literary perspectives on Hitler’s war against the Jews. The societal context of Europe of the 1930s and 1940s will be examined in an attempt to reach conclusions about the causes of the “Final Solution.” Nazi policies, ideology and personalities will be studied, along with resistance attempts by Holocaust victims and the heroic efforts of people who sought to save Jews and other “enemies of the Reich” from persecution. Once the Nazi Holocaust has been studied carefully, students will survey other attempts at genocide in order to more fully understand this frightful phenomenon.
Honors Seminar: Philosophy Grade Level 11-12 2.5 Credits Western Civilization & Philosophy, inspired by the “Great Books” model of instruction in classic texts, complements the four year MLHS English Literature/Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum by giving students a foundation in the main threads of Western thought from the Ancient through Modern periods. The first half of the course focuses on Ethics, Values, and Epistemology/Theory of Knowledge while the second half of the course focuses on Politics and Economics. Students also get exposure to liberal arts fields in anticipation of exploring future college majors such as Philosophy, Economics, Classical Studies, Anthropology, and Political Science. Finally, it almost goes without saying that the course, above all, provides students the opportunity to think deeply about the core values and perspectives undergirding the major contemporary political, ethical, and social discussions facing modern democracies and prepares them to participate in those discussions as informed citizens.
Psychology/Human Behavior Grade Level 10-12 2.5 Credits This course will examine selected topics dealing with human behavior in order to provide students with an understanding of how such social science disciplines as Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology investigate behavior. The areas to be covered will include the following: perception, thought, language, learning, the factors affecting intelligence, the cycle of life from childhood to old age, the brain, personality and behavior.
Advanced Placement Art History Grade Level 10-12 5 Credits Prerequisites for Grade 10: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of World Cultures and successful completion of the World Cultures portfolio
Prerequisites for Grades 11 and 12: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of an Honors Social Studies course Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.
This course is designed to be similar to an introduction college-level course in art history. The major focus of the course shall include both Western and non-Western art. Emphasis shall be placed in the fields of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within their historical and cultural contexts. Students will learn to look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to articulate what they see and experience. No prior exposure to art history is required. However, students who have done well in other courses in the humanities, such as history and literature, or in any of the studio arts are especially encouraged to enroll. The course also prepares students for the national Advanced Placement examination that affords students to earn college credits with a passing score. Students who enroll in AP Art History are expected to register for and take the AP Art History Exam. This course does not meet the graduation requirement for Fine Arts. 
Advanced Placement European History Grade Level 11-12 5 Credits
Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of an Honors Social Studies course Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.
This college freshman level course surveys and interprets the evolution of Western Civilization from the Renaissance to the present, examining political, socio-economic and cultural trends. Special attention is given to the emergence of strong nation-states, revolutions and contemporary problems resulting from global wars. Non-western civilizations are examined in terms of their interaction with the west. Students should be highly motivated and possess superior writing skills. Depending on the college or university, students may earn college credits by passing the Advanced Placement Examination prepared by the College Board. Students who enroll in AP European History are expected to register for and take the AP European History Exam. 
Advanced Placement Human Geography Grade Level 10-12 5 Credits Prerequisites for Grade 10: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of World Cultures and successful completion of the World Cultures portfolio 
Prerequisites for Grades 11 and 12: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of an Honors Social Studies course Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.

AP Human Geography introduces students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students employ spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine socio-economic organization and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications. The curriculum reflects the goals of the National Geography Standards (2012). The AP Human Geography course is equivalent to an introductory college-level course in human geography; therefore, students should be able to read college-level texts and write grammatically correct, complete sentences. Students who enroll in AP Human Geography are expected to register for and take the AP Human Geography History Exam. 
Advanced Placement Psychology Grade Level: 11-12 5 Credits Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of an Honors Social Studies course Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course. The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, key concepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatments of psychological disorders, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas. Students who enroll in AP Psychology are expected to register for and take the AP Psychology Exam. Advanced Placement United States Government Grade Level: 11-12 5 Credits Prerequisites: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of an Honors Social Studies course Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course. AP U.S. Government and Politics is a full-year, introductory college-level course in U.S. government and politics. Students cultivate their understanding of U.S. government and politics through analysis of data and text- based sources as they explore topics like constitutionalism, liberty and order, civic participation in a representative democracy, competing policy-making interests, and methods of political analysis. Startin 2020, we will no longer offer the AP Comparative module. Students who enroll in AP United States Government are expected to register for and take the AP United States Government Exam. 
Advanced Placement World History: Modern Grade Level 10-12 5 Credits Prerequisite for Grade 10: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of World Cultures and successful completion of the World Cultures portfolio
Prerequisites for Grades 11 and 12: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of an Honors Social Studies course Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course.
This college freshman level course offers motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in global history with a balanced curriculum that covers Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Building on content and skills from Freshmen World Cultures, students will develop an even greater understanding of the evolution of global processes and contacts in different types of human societies. Depending on the college or university, students may earn college credits by passing the Advanced Placement Examination prepared by the College Board. Rising sophomores who matriculate for this course must complete the World Cultures portfolio. Students who enroll in AP World History are expected to register for and take the AP World History Exam.  Advanced Placement Economics (Micro/Macro) Grade Level 12 5 Credits Prerequisite: Teacher Recommendation OR successful completion of AP US History 2 Pre/Co-requisite: Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics or Honors Multivariable Calculus Any student not in receipt of a Teacher Recommendation or who does not meet the prerequisite detailed above may complete and submit a Course Placement Application by the required deadline. Submission of a completed form does not guarantee enrollment in the course. This full-year course offers two separate programs of study in economics: one in AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics The purpose of the AP course in microeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the economic system. It places primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. The purpose of the AP course in macroeconomics is to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole. The course places particular emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, and also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Upon completion of this full-year course, students are recommended to take one or both AP exams in May. A separate score is reported for each. Students who enroll in AP Economics are expected to register for and take both AP Economics Exams. 

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