Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History


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This course is a comprehensive, accelerated, college-level survey course encompassing North American and United States history and geography from the colonial era to the present. The intent is to develop an understanding of the key people, events, ideas, issues, and trends throughout our history that have defined who and what we are today. Critical and evaluative thinking ability will be honed through shared research, class discussions, essay writing and the interpretation of primary and secondary source documents. College credit can be earned by demonstrating understanding of information and ideas on the College Board AP US History exam, which students will be encouraged to take. This course is considerably more challenging and demanding than most high school courses and requires a great commitment. The class will help strengthen students’ ability to assess historical materials, their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance, and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship.