Course Description:AP United States History is a course designed to provide advanced social studies students an opportunity to earn college credit. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. The curriculum focuses on teaching students the analytical skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with materials related to United States history. Students should learn to assess historical materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their reliability, and their importance – and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP United States History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in an essay format. An integral part of this course is the preparation for the Advanced Placement test given at the end of second semester. The students can opt to take the SOL test in U. S. History or can use their score on the AP exam to earn a verified credit. 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.
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