AP United States Government and Politics
The AP® United States Government and Politics course provides high school students with college-level instruction in using disciplinary practices to examine key ideas, institutions, and behaviors in American government. The student will look critically at the fundamental beliefs and philosophies that shaped American government and how those ideas have been interpreted and applied throughout history. The student will develop a deep understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the American political system—both its formal and informal processes and procedures. In addition, the student will examine specific governmental institutions, policies, interactions, and behaviors within the political system. Through study of each of these areas, the student will hone reasoning skills by developing evidence-based arguments, interpreting various types of data, and analyzing key documents, including foundational documents and Supreme Court decisions. This course effectively prepares the student for the AP United States Government and Politics exam by providing practice in the skills necessary to draw reasoned conclusions in both multiple-choice and constructed-response formats.
AP United States History
The AP® United States History course provides high school students with college-level instruction in using disciplinary practices and historical reasoning to examine the history of the United States from approximately 1491 to the present. The student will look critically at how the American identity has developed over the course of American history and how it has been informed by the changing nature of American culture and societal structures and norms. Students will recognize and interpret patterns of migration and settlement—both to and within the United States—and how those patterns impacted and were impacted by aspects of regional geography and environment. The student will also consider political and economic patterns and relationships in American history, both within the nation and with the global community at large. Through their study of each of these areas, the student will hone reasoning skills to contextualize patterns and events, identify causation and continuity, and analyze change over time. The course is presented both chronologically with content divided into nine time periods, as well as thematically to reinforce that key themes form connections between different regions and time periods in American history. This course effectively prepares students for the AP United States History exam by providing practice in the skills necessary to analyze primary and secondary sources, construct evidence-based arguments, and draw reasoned conclusions in both multiple-choice and constructed-response formats.
AP Human Geography
The AP® Human Geography course provides high school students with college-level instruction in using a spatial perspective to study how humans understand and use Earth’s surface. The student will become skilled in interpreting maps and geospatial data in order to draw conclusions about what is revealed and hidden. The student will hone analysis skills by learning to recognize, interpret, and assess patterns related to population, migration, folk and popular culture, language and religion, and politics. This course effectively prepares the student for the AP Human Geography exam by providing practice in the skills necessary to apply geographic concepts, interpret data, and synthesize information in both multiple-choice and constructed-response formats.