Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Eligibility: Advanced CTY-level reading/verbal or math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of high school US History or equivalent
Course Length: 12 weeks (Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 10-14 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks.
Course Code: IPUS
US Government and Politics is the study of the United States national government's policies, institutions, and foundations.
This course gives students an analytical perspective on American government and politics that prepares them to take the AP US Government and Politics exam and draws on software provided by Thinkwell. It has been reviewed and approved by the College Board to use the "AP" designation.
There are no required materials for this course.
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.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.
Select the image below to view the online demo (requires Flash plugin).