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Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Eligibility: Advanced CTY-level reading/verbal or math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of high school history or equivalent
Course Length: 12 weeks (Winter, Spring, 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.
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Course Code: IPHS
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 An emphasis is placed on interpreting historical documents, mastering a significant body of factual information, and writing critical essays.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.
Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.
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.