"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten; either write things worth reading or things worthy of the writing" ~ Ben Franklin
Welcome to Advanced Placement United States History!

.Knowledge will always govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

James Madison



James Madison

The Advanced Placement United States History course has been redesigned for the 2014- 2015 school year. The way the exam is structured in addition to the way the course is taught will be somewhat different from previous years. The redesign focuses on teaching history thematically rather than chronologically. College professors and historian alike are emphasizing the skills needed in order to evaluate the events of the past as well as those of the future.

The Advanced Placement (AP) United States history course is designed to provide students with the ability to critically analyze major events and issues in American history. This is a full year survey course of United States History from Colonial times until the recent past. This course is designed to prepare students for college courses by placing similar demands on students that are equivalent to a first year introductory college course as well as foster the historical skills that can be applied to any course of history.

AP US History is a rigorous class due to content and time frame. The AP exam is given in early May which makes it impossible to cover every item in detail in class. It is your primary responsibility to read the required text to ensure you have full understanding of the required AP curricula. You will be required to read one or two chapters per week in addition to other required readings, projects, essays, and discussions. Due to the unique nature of this course it is imperative that both students and parents are aware of the required time commitment to this course.

Although challenging, the rewards are well worth the effort. This course gives the student an opportunity to challenge the thinking of the nations economic, political and social decisions. Not to mention the ability to earn college credit from most institutions.