• Geography

    Geography

    Following the national standards for geography, this course focuses on the unique characteristics of selected world regions from a geographic perspective, as well as the characteristics, distribution and contributions of the cultures that make up those regions. Students will develop an understanding and an appreciation of the ways in which natural environments (climates, landforms, oceans), economies, cultures and other aspects of world regions interact. An emphasis will be placed on defining the roles of global citizens through awareness of contemporary issues such as world trade, terrorism, religious conflict, pollution, and conservation of world resources. Highly recommended for students who expect to take Advanced Placement courses in social science.

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  • AP Psychology

    AP Psychology

    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, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. As a condition of your enrollment in an Advanced Placement course at OHS students are expected to take the AP Exam offered in May.

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  • AP Macro Economics

    AP Macro Economics

    This is a college-level course designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the principles of economics in examining aggregate economic behavior. Students taking the course can expect to learn how the measures of economic performance are constructed and how to apply them to evaluate the macroeconomic conditions of an economy. Students will also learn the basic macroeconomics analytical tools, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of fiscal policy and monetary policy in promoting economic growth and stability. Students will also examine the impact of international trade and international finance.

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  • AP Micro Economics

    AP Micro Economics

    The purpose of an 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 function 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.

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  • AP Human Geography

    AP Human Geography

    AP Human Geography is a course that focuses on the distribution, processes, and effects of human populations on the planet. The course provides a systematic study of human geography. In-depth concepts to be covered include: population, cultural patterns and processes, political organization, agriculture and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use. Emphasis is placed on geographic models and their applications. This is a college-level course.

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  • AP United States Government & Politics

    AP United States Government & Politics

    This course is designed for the advanced student who desires to continue studying at the college level. It provides students an opportunity to gain a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It involves the study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies. The Advanced Placement examination will be offered in May. A successful performance on the Advanced Placement exam will enable students to obtain college credit in Political Science at selected colleges and universities.

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  • AP Government

    AP Government

    This course satisfies the Government graduation requirement, and is designed for the advanced student who desires to continue studying at the college level. It provides students an opportunity to gain a critical perspective on government and politics in the United States. It involves the study of general concepts used to interpret American politics and the analysis of specific case studies. The Advanced Placement examination will be offered in May. A successful performance on the Advanced Placement exam will enable students to obtain college credit in Political Science at selected colleges and universities.

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  • AP European History

    AP European History

    Preparation for college testing in European History is a major focus of the course. Students will engage in the process of framing an inquiry, selecting relevant sources and organizing evidence in support of a thesis. Primary and secondary sources of information will be examined and analyzed. Students will build on their skills in logic, analytical reading, critical thinking and high-level expository writing. A successful performance on the Advanced Placement Exam will enable students to obtain college credit in American History at selected colleges and universities. This course follows the national AP European History framework and not the California State Standards for World History.

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  • World Studies

    World Studies

    In this one-term course students examine major turning points and the cause-and-effect flow of the forces that have shaped the modern world. Curricular units are based on state standards and include The Development of Modern Political Thought, The Age of Revolutions, The Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, the Causes and Effects of World War I, The Rise of Totalitarianism, The Causes and Effects of World War II, The Cold War, Nation-Building and Global Developments in the Modern World.

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  • AP US History

    AP US History

    Designed for university-bound students; students are expected to have skills necessary for college level performance. AP U.S. History is a rigorous in-depth examination of the course of American economic, political and social development from colonial to contemporary times. Preparation for academic success in college work and testing is a major focus of this course. Students will engage in the process of framing an inquiry, selecting relevant sources and organizing evidence in support of a hypothesis using primary and secondary sources of information in their analysis. Students will strengthen their skills in logic, analytical reading, critical thinking and high-level expository writing. Students who complete the course are strongly encouraged to take the Advanced Placement History Examination. A successful performance on the Advanced Placement Exam will enable students to obtain college credit in American History at selected colleges and universities. This course follows the national A.P. United States History framework and not the California State Standards for U.S. History. This course satisfies the United States History graduation requirement. AP students are expected to take the AP exam.

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  • US History

    US History

    In this one-term course students examine major turning points and the cause-and-effect flow of the forces that have shaped the United States in the 20th century. Curricular units are thematically and chronologically based on state standards and include The Foundation of the American Nation (review unit), Industrialization and Immigration, Religion’s Role in America, America’s Rise to World Power, The 1920s, The Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, Domestic changes in Postwar America, Foreign Policy in the Cold War, The Civil Rights Movement, and Contemporary American Society.

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