Prerequisites: Grade of B or better in English 10. Grade of B or better in World History, or C in AP European History. A written essay may be required.
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, and is blocked with AP Language for a yearlong course. AP students are expected to take the AP exam.