A note on Honors Courses: These courses are intended to provide motivated and highly capable students with significant academic rigor. The honors courses are designed to promote higher level thinking skills, encourage inquiry and self-directed learning. The curriculum in these courses is altered to provide additional depth of content, accelerated pacing, advanced concepts and provide extended learning opportunities.

 

WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND ANCIENT HISTORY
Grade 9
Required
1 Year
1 Credit

This course is a study of people, places and environment from a physical and cultural perspective. Through a variety of classroom activities, students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the interdependent world in which they live. Students will analyze and evaluate the connection between their local and global communities. The course will emphasize the practical and responsible application of geography to life situations.

In addition to thinking geographically, students will apply those skills to the ancient civilizations that dominated historical records dating back to 3000 BCE. The class will focus on Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Classical Civilizations of Greece & Rome, China, India and Mesoamerican civilizations. Students will not only discover where and why these civilizations formed, but also explore the history, religion, culture, daily life and the impact these ancient civilizations have on the cultures of today.


WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND ANCIENT HISTORY (HONORS)
Grade 9
Elective
1 Year
1 Credit

The subject matter is similar to the introductory course description, but students are expected to read with comprehension, and to complete projects, written and oral reports and essays which reinforce the concepts and the historical and cultural themes taught in the course. By the end of the course the students will comprehend the basic concepts of world geography and understand cultural differences. In addition, a strong emphasis is placed on improving the students’ basic social studies skills along with the analysis of documents. Students who elect to take this course should possess a strong foundation in reading, writing, and critical thinking skills since the workload is very extensive and demanding. Students should be mature enough to handle voluminous notes, long reading lists and frequent papers and tests.


MODERN WORLD HISTORY & ADVANCED GEOGRAPHY
Grade 10
Required
1 Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Students are encouraged to complete a summer reading assignment. There will be a test during the second instructional week of classes. Please visit the Academy of Our Lady’s website for details.

This comprehensive, full year required course focuses on both Western and Non-Western History. Emphasis will be placed on historical themes, cultural influences and geographic concepts.
This is a thematic class, which means that students will be asked to learn how society and the world works based on the following historical themes: POLITICS, ECONOMICS, RELIGION, SOCIETY, AND INTELLECTUAL, AND ARTISTIC. Emphasis will be placed more on cultures and the peoples who make up the various empires of the world. They will see how historical events (such as migrations, conflicts, wars, revolutions, political upheavals, epidemics, inventions, etc.) have made the world what it is today.


AP WORLD HISTORY
Grade 10
Elective
1 Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Students are required to complete a summer assignment. The first instructional week will be devoted to review of the summer assignment and a test. Please visit the Academy of Our Lady’s website for details.

Advanced Placement World History is an accelerated, college-level survey of the history of human civilization. It focuses on the evolution of global patterns across major cultural regions, including Afroeurasia, the Americas, and Australasia. Most high school courses stress “What happened?” intending to provide enough background knowledge to ensure good citizenship. This course stresses “why and how” things happen as well as the consequences of actions. The course emphasizes the analysis of primary source documents, change and continuity across time, and comparison between major civilizations. Periodization, geographic regions, and specific political, economic, and social patterns will form the basic organizing principles of the course.


UNITED STATES HISTORY
Grade 11
Required
1 Year
1 Credit

This yearlong high school course will introduce students to the history of the United States. Studies will be divided into nine (9) major topics beginning with America’s Colonial era through the development of the United States, the Civil War, and America as an Industrial and Progressive country to America in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Please visit the Academy of Our Lady’s website for details.


ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES HISTORY
Grade 11
Elective
1 Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Students will be expected to complete a summer assignment. Please visit the Academy of Our Lady’s website for details.

Advanced Placement United States History is a college-level survey of American History from the age of exploration and discovery to the present. The major differences between a high school and college history course are the amount of reading and the focus. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote considerable time to homework and study, are necessary to succeed. Emphasis is placed on critical and evaluative thinking skills, essay writing, interpretation of original documents, and historiography.


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
Grade 12
Required
1 Year
1 Credit

Students in America government pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. They compare systems of government in the world today and analyze the history and changing interpretations of the Constitutions, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive and judiciary branches of government. An emphasis is placed on analyzing the relationship among the federal, state and local governments, with particular attention paid to important historical documents such as the Federalist Papers. These standards represent the culmination of civic literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities and assume the responsibilities of citizenship.


AMERICAN GOVERNMENT (HONORS/PRE-AP)
Grade 12
Elective
1 Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Students will be expected to complete a summer assignment. Please visit the Academy of Our Lady’s website for details.

The Honors/Pre-AP American Government course will provide students with an intellectual foundation for observing, analyzing, and understanding national politics in the United States. Using primary and secondary source documents, as well as analysis of specific examples, students will examine and evaluate the institutions of American government, political parties and elections, mass media, political behavior, public policies, and the development of individual rights and liberties and their impact on citizens. The content of this course is the equivalent to that of an introductory college course in U.S. government and politics.


HISTORY AND CULTURE OF GUAM
Grade 12
Required
1 Semester
1 Credit

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the history and culture of Guam from the time of the ancient Chamoru through the Spanish and US colonial periods. There will be an effort to present material from a variety of perspectives. An effort will be made to expose students to a wide array of voices and viewpoints about Guam history. Students will be encouraged to analyze primary and secondary historical sources. The course is designed to give students a sense of time and place that is crucial for understanding the history and culture of Guam.


AP EUROPEAN HISTORY
Grade 11/12
Elective
1 Year
1 Credit
Prerequisite: Students will be assigned a reading/writing assignment, which will be due on the first day of classes. They will be assessed on this reading within the first week of classes.

AP European History develops an understanding of the major themes in modern European history including: Political, Economic, Religious, Social, Intellectual, and Artistic. Analysis of historical evidence to determine its validity and relevance, along with identifying point of view and the nature of bias, and recognize the necessity of objectivity and substantiation are necessary skills that all historians must honed. The methodology of an historian involves skills that are highly transferable—the ability to formulate generalizations, interpret and use data and to analyze and weigh evidence from conflicting sources of information are applicable to many other academic and practical disciplines.


PSYCHOLOGY
Grade 11/12
Elective
1 Year
1 Credit

Psychology is an introductory level course that examines the science of human behavior. Students will be exposed to varied topics including developmental, abnormal and Biological psychology. Included in this survey will be discussion of the major theories and theorists in the fields of modern psychology.


AP PSYCHOLOGY
Grade 11/12
Elective
1 Year
1 Credit

The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. Students are required to take the AP Psychology exam in May.

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