Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Prerequisites: Qualifying reading/verbal or math score and completion of high school history or equivalent
Course Length: 30 weeks (Academic Year) or 12 weeks (intensive Winter, Early Summer, Mid-summer)
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 10-14 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks, and 3-5 hours per week for the 30-week session with breaks for holidays.
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Course Code: APHS
This course, which is designed to provide a college-level experience and preparation for the AP U.S. History Exam, draws on ebooks provided by Bedford Freeman Worth, which need to be purchased separately by the student. An emphasis is placed on interpreting historical documents, mastering a significant body of factual information, and writing critical essays. Students will analyze historical facts material, synthesize their own ideas, and develop the skills to make conclusions on the basis of a knowledgeable judgment. They will also learn how to present their reasoning and clear evidence persuasively in essay format. This course has been reviewed and approved by the College Board to use the "AP" designation.
Students must purchase a required textbook for this course:
Henretta, Edwards and Self, America's History, Combined Volume, Bedford/St. Martin, 2011
We strongly recommend that a review book be purchased and used throughout this course. Commonly used review books are published by Barrons, Kaplan, Peterson, Princeton Review and REA.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.