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    Social Science

    World Cultures and Geography:

    Grade Level: 9
    Length: Year Class (10 credits)
    Prerequisite: None
    Graduation: Elective credit College Prep: History (a) or elective (g) requirement
    This course enhances student’s understanding of the global environment in which they live. During the year-long course, emphasis is placed on students acquiring knowledge of world cultures, world problems, basic geography, human migration, the humanities, critical thinking skills, reading strategies, study skills, vocabulary development, writing ability, and speaking for the purpose of debate and presentation. The program integrates a variety of teaching methods.

    World History: 

    Grade Level:  10
    Length:  Year Class (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:  None
    Graduation: Fulfills World History requirement
    College Prep: Fulfills one year History ("a") or elective ("g") requirement for UC/CSU
    Students have an opportunity to compare and contrast philosophies, languages, literature, religion and the arts of world cultures. The students become more knowledgeable about the effects of geography upon the political and economic development of cultures.  Course addresses district and state standards.

    U.S. History

    Grade Level:  11
    Length:  Year Class (10 credits)
    Prerequisite:  None
    Graduation:  Fulfills U.S. History requirement
    College Prep:  Fulfills one year History ("a") or elective ("g") requirement for UC/CSU
    United States History is designed to help students examine major turning points in American History in the twentieth century. Throughout the year students will examine American culture including religion, literature, art, drama, architecture, education, and the mass media. The year begins with a selective review with an emphasis on the nation's beginning including the main influences in the founding of the United States and the causes and consequences of the Civil War.    It continues through World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War.  It also covers current events and issues resulting from prior events.   Course addresses district and state standards.

    American Government

    Grade Level:  12
    Length:  Semester Class (5 credits)
    Prerequisite: Senior Status
    Graduation:  Fulfills American Government requirement
    College Prep:  Fulfills CSU and UC History ("a") requirement
    American Government is a semester-long course designed to help students develop an understanding of the institutions of American government. Students examine and compare the development and processes of governments in both the United States, and to a lesser extent, the world. Students also examine related major issues of the world today. Emphasis is placed on the development of social participation skills and civic responsibility.*
    *As part of the government requirement, district policy states that all students must perform twenty hours of community service and write a reflective essay on the experience.


    Grade Level:  12
    Length:  Semester Class (5 credits)
    Prerequisite:  Senior Status
    Graduation:  Fulfills Economics requirement
    College Prep:  Fulfills CSU and UC Social Science ("a") requirement
    This semester-long course is designed to deepen students' understanding of the economic problems and institutions of the nation and world in which they live. It will provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to make reasonable decisions on economic issues as citizens, workers, consumers, business owners, managers, and members of civic groups. The course is primarily a course in social science enriching students' understanding of the operations and institutions of economic systems rather than a course in household or business management.