Academics

Social Studies

  • History Department Tracks

  • Global History I & II (Terms 1 and 2)

    This course focuses heavily on building foundational skills in history that can be transferred over to other history classes. These are close reading, constructing arguments, evaluating sources, using textual evidence, corroborating sources, comparing similarities and differences between cultures and time periods.  As this class does not end in regents, the goal is to get students to think critically about ongoing themes we see in history and to learn about cultures around the world, something increasingly important in the modern era.

    The course focuses primarily on societies, civilizations, and cultures of the ancient to medieval eras as well geographic focus on Africa, Asia, the Middle East/Mediterranean, and Pre-Columbian America.

    Requirements: Passing the course with a 65% or better.

    Pre-Requisites: None.

    Credits: 2

    Global History III & IV (Terms 1 and 2)

    In terms of content, this course focuses on countries outside the United States AFTER the 1750. It is more or less the story of the world as we know it today. Topics that will be covered include: The Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Meiji Restoration, European imperialism of Africa and Asia, World War I, the great Global Depression, World War II, the Russian Revolution, the Cold War, Decolonization, Nationalism, and much more. This course is HEAVILY literacy based, meaning that you will be reading many primary sources for activities. The main focus for this class will be learning about enduring issues, constant themes that we see in history known as Enduring Issues and how they have impacted different societies across cultures and time periods.

    Requirements: Passing the course with a 65% or better as well as a 65% or better on the Global History Regents Exam.

    Pre-Requisites: Global History I & II.

    Credits: 2

    U.S. History (Terms 1 and 2)

    This course focuses on the history of the United States. The main focus of this class is on the principles that the United States was founded on through the Constitution and Civil Issues. Since this class focuses on Constitutional and Civil Issues, there is an inherent Social Justice connection with the curriculum, and emphasis on this has been placed considering the current political and social climate within the contemporary United States. Other topics of study include: Colonial America, the American Revolution, Westward Expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrialization, Foreign Policy Analysis, World War I, the Great Depression, the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, Post-War Consumerism, the Civil Rights Movement, and movements of other social groups.

    Requirements: Passing the course with a 65% or better as well as a 65% or better on the United States History Regents Exam.

    Pre-Requisites: None.

    Credits: 2

    Economics (1 Term)

    This course focuses on providing students with realistic education on economics in the future. From providing students with the vocabulary to understand investment opportunities to learning lessons in best practices for personal finance, this class will provide students with learning how to use money as they attend college and join the workforce. Topics of study include: the stock market, personal finances, Gross Domestic Product, Gross National Product, trading, tariffs, mortgages, loans, taxes, 401K, pensions, insurance, and many others.

    Requirements: Passing the course with a 65% or better.

    Pre-Requisites: None

    Credits: 1

    Advanced Social Studies Courses

    These courses are courses in which students can potentially earn college credit. If it is a SUPA course, they will earn it through the school’s partnership with Syracuse University Project Advance upon completion of the course with a 75% or better. If it is an Advanced Placement course, the students will receive credit depending on their performance in the AP Exam in May for that course, assuming they score a 3, 4, or 5.

    SUPA Public Policy (1 Term)

    This course is a dual enrollment program with our schools partnership with Syracuse University Project Advance. The passing of this class with a C or higher (75 or higher) will result in you receiving credit from Syracuse University that can be transferred to any State University of New York (SUNY) or City University of New York (CUNY) school. Public Policy has the students identify public policies in the government that are considered a harm to society. They will then work in pairs to essentially create a new law to get rid of the old law that was ineffective or causing problems. It is an overall realistic approach to politics and policy making, empowering students to learn that they can be involved in politics and policy making no matter what their age or without actually officially holding office.

     

    Requirements: Completion of the course with a 75% or better.

    Pre-Requisites: Students must be a Junior or Senior and have taken Global History I&II, Global History III & IV, and U.S. History.

    Credits: 2 High School Credits and 3 College Credits from Syracuse University

    Advanced Placement U.S. History (Terms 1 and 2)

    This course is not currently offered this academic school year, but Advanced Placement U.S. History is the nationwide program which assesses students on the history of the United States ranging from before white settlers came to the American continents to the previous 5 years. AP US History is an extremely academic course that requires students to memorize the full and intricate details of this country’s government structure while analyzing significant and important political, social, and economic events that have shaped the narrative of the United States as a nation. The course curriculum has been approved by the College Board to teach at this school.

    Requirements: Students pass the course as well as score a minimum of 3 out of 5 on the AP U.S. History Exam.

     

    Pre-Requisites: A teacher recommendation for this course from your previous Social Studies teacher and prior completion of U.S. History is preferred.

     

    Credits: 2 High School Credits and equivalent of introductory U.S. History Course credit at the university you attend if you score a 3, 4, or 5.

     

    Advanced Placement U.S. Government (Terms 1 and 2)

    This course is not currently offered this academic school year, but Advanced Placement U.S. Government is the nationwide program which assesses students on the government structure and principles. AP US Government is an extremely academic course that requires students to memorize the full and intricate details of this country’s government structure while analyzing significant and important political, social, and economic policies in the past and present to draw conclusions on the effectiveness and efficacy of the Federal, State, and Local Governments. The course curriculum has been approved by the College Board to teach at this school.

    Requirements: Students pass the course as well as score a minimum of 3 out of 5 on the AP U.S. Government Exam.

     

    Pre-Requisites: A teacher recommendation for this course from your previous Social Studies teacher and prior completion of U.S. History is preferred.

     

    Credits: 2 High School Credits and equivalent of introductory U.S. History Course credit at the university you attend if you score a 3, 4, or 5.