World Geography is the study of the political, cultural, physical, and economic aspects of the countries of the world. Various regions of the world are studied to develop an understanding of the differences and similarities that exist among them. Emphasis is placed on topography, climate, natural resources, industries, major cities, agriculture, cultural influences, governments, religion and education. Students consider the relationships between people and places while asking and answering geographic questions. This course also includes map studies and map-making.
World History from 1500
The standards for this course cover history and geography from the late Middle Ages (1500 A.D.) to the present with emphasis on Western Europe. Geographic influences on history are explored with increasing attention given to political boundaries that developed with the evolution of nation-states. The people and events of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries are emphasized for their strong connections to contemporary issues. Using texts, maps, pictures, stories, diagrams, charts, and a variety of chronological, inquiry/research, and technological skills, students develop competence in chronological thinking, historical comprehension, and historical analysis. This challenging course is required for students earning an Advanced Studies Diploma.Virginia-United States History A
United States and Virginia History offers a chronological approach to the study of our nation’s story. Students examine the cumulative events that have created what is, without question, the unrivaled superpower of the day. Virginia Standards of Learning provide a very precise and detailed framework for this study. The course of study starts with European contact with the natives found in North and South America and continues through present day conflicts with terrorism and Iraq. Students will be instructed and assessed based on the curriculum guide and framework. The details of the curriculum may be found at the following website: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/History/hist_11.doc All coursework and assessments will be based upon the essential knowledge portion of the curriculum framework.
Advanced Placement United States History
AP United States History is a college-level course offered at the eleventh grade level. It is a rigorous and demanding study of state and national history closely following a syllabus prepared by the College Board. Students are required to take the national AP United States History exam in May. The following units are studied: exploration and the colonial period; American Revolution and the early Republic; Jacksonian Democracy; Civil War and Reconstruction; Populism and Progressivism; World wars; Depression and New Deal; Cold War; and Conservative resurgence. Students will be required to read the adopted textbook, collateral text, and primary sources in order to master the volume of facts. Additionally, students are instructed in writing historical essays and preparing responses to document-based essay questions. Summer assignments are required; failure to complete the assignments results in a change of placement to a more appropriate level of Virginia-US History.
Successful students meet the criteria listed below:
- Minimum score of 50th percentile on the critical reading or writing section of PSAT or 500 on appropriate SAT test.
- Minimum grade of B+ in courses most previously completed in the appropriate subject area (W. Geog. and W. History)
- Recommendation of most recent social studies teacher.
- Student and/or parent attendance at the Spring AA/AP meeting.
Advanced Composition strongly recommended. Timely completion of all summer assignments at a level commensurate with college-level work is expected. Students withdrawing from any advanced placement course after the first 6 weeks will earn a grade WF on their transcript.
Virginia-United States Government A
Virginia-United States Government teaches students about state, local, and national levels of government in preparation for assuming adult roles as active participants in their government. Current events and the application of governmental processes to current issues and problems are stressed. Units of study generally include these: comparative political and economic systems; Virginia and U.S. Constitutions with special emphasis on the Bill of Rights, civil rights, and Supreme Court interpretations; structure of government; foreign affairs; and U.S. interdependence; civic responsibilities; free enterprise; and democracy.
Advanced Placement United States Government
Advanced Placement United States Government is a rigorous, intensive college-level study of local, state, and federal governments. The course follows a syllabus prepared by the Educational Testing Service. Students explore and develop an analytical perspective on government and politics in the U.S. with a strong emphasis on writing. Students are required to take the AP examination in the spring. This course may be offered for Dual Enrollment credit if the necessary arrangements are made and agreements with Blue Ridge Community College are established.
Successful students meet the criteria below:
- Minimum score of 50th percentile on the critical reading or writing section of PSAT or a 500 on appropriate SAT test.
- Minimum grade of C- in AP History recommended. However, an exception to this requirement may be made after a conference with the appropriate guidance counselor and AP Gov’t teacher and approval by the principal.
- Recommendation of previous social studies teacher.
- Student and/or parent attendance at the May AA/AP/Dual enrollment meeting is required.
- Successful completion of Advanced Composition.
Timely completion of all summer assignments at a level commensurate with college-level work is expected. Augusta County School policy requires that students withdrawing from any advanced placement course after the first 6 weeks earn a grade WF on their transcript.