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AP Government

Course Description:

AP Government / AP Comparative Government is a two-semester course designed to provide advanced social studies students an opportunity to earn college credit. The first semester provides an analytical perspective on government and politics in the United States. This course involves both the study of general concepts used to interpret U.S. politics and the analysis of specific case studies. It also requires familiarity with the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute U.S. political reality. The second semester provides students with the conceptual tools necessary to develop an understanding of some of the world's diverse political structures and practices. The course encompasses the study of both specific countries and their governments and general concepts used to interpret the political relationships and institutions found in virtually all national politics. Preparation for the Advanced Placement test is an integral part of this curriculum. Students are required to complete summer assignment(s). 

Students receive weighted credit for participating in AP classes, they receive college credit only by achieving a high score on the College Board’s Advanced Placement Tests. There are fees for each test, which students will be responsible for paying. Colleges have different criteria for awarding credit for scores on AP tests, and it will be the responsibility of students to contact colleges to ascertain their policies regarding Advanced Placement scores.


Aaron Scott