AP US History
AP US History covers the entire scope of the U.S. history, from the Amerindian settlements to contemporary American issues. The course makes demands similar to those found in introductory college courses and prepares students for success on the AP US History exam.
This survey course gives students a thorough grounding in facts, and goes on to examine the significance of facts, their contexts, as well as their causes and results.
This course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and material in United States history. Students learn how to read historical material analytically and critically, to weigh historical evidence and interpretations and to arrive at conclusions on the basis of facts. Students should expect a steady and heavy load of reading from the text book, in addition to Document Based and Free Response essays that put particular demands on historical knowledge and the ability to make and prove a historical argument.
As part of our commitment to student success, all students are required to do a pre-enrollment assessment. The assessment includes, but is not limited to, an evaluation of reading, language usage, writing, and subject related skills. Based on the results of the assessment, students can sart from level 1 (introductory), level 2 (intermediate), or level 3 (Advanced) of the course. The Advanced level is designed to pass the AP exam.