The purpose of this course is to give students a comprehensive understanding of the principles of economics that apply to the functions of both consumers and producers, within the economic system. Students will explore the functions of product markets, which include the study of factor markets and the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. This course will enable students to:

  • Understand how consumers and businesses make economic choices
  • Develop analytical techniques to comprehend how consumers maximize their well-being and how businesses maximize their profits
  • Understand the affects of various market structures
  • Develop problem solving skills to understand the political and economic issues within the U.S economic system
  • Learn to create, analyze and/or draw conclusions from graphs, statistics, equations, and other complex representations of economic phenomena.

U.S Government & Civics

This course is meant to prepare students to become active citizens in their community and larger society. By understanding the fundamentals of the U.S government and the need for civic engagement, students will have the foundational knowledge and competency to succeed. This course will enable students to do the following:

  • Students will be able to critically analyze relevant theories and concepts while developing their connections to make the curriculum relevant to current events and their own lived experiences.
  • Students will gain a stronger understanding of the foundations of the U.S political system
  • Students will understand how the government established by the Constitution derives its purpose, values, and principles
  • Students will be able to analyze and interpret various events and documents that correspond with the branches of government
  • Students will identify their roles in civic life, politics, and government

U.S History

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the tools necessary to grasp the history of the United States. In this case, the tools necessary are the critical thinking and analytical skills, conceptual knowledge, and historical themes that make up U.S history. This course will enable student to do the following:

  • Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the chronological history of the U.S.
  • Students will be able to analyze primary and secondary sources within the context of history
  • Students will be able to use their analytical skills of evaluation, cause and effect, compare and contrast to comprehend key figures, events, and themes in U.S history
  • Students will be cognizant of mainstream and counter-narratives of U.S history
  • Students will find personal relevancy to the content presented throughout the course

World Cultures and Geography

The purpose of this course is to provide each student with a holistic understanding of our world. By exploring elements of each region’s history, culture, physical geography, and current conditions students will be exposed to the unique traits that characterize each region.

This course centers around the physical processes that shape patterns in the physical environment. These the characteristics range from the major landforms, climates, and ecosystems. Students will also analyze the interrelationships between political, social and economic processes that shape cultural patterns of each region.

This course will enable students to do the following:

  • Students will have an understanding of the physical and cultural geography of the different regions around the world
  • Students will comprehend and apply key geographic themes, such as location, place, region, movement, and human-environment interaction
  • Students will be able to analyze the importance of human environmental interaction and its impact on current events

Ultimately, the purpose of this course is to have each student be more aware of the world they live in by humanizing its inhabitants and their circumstances.