The normal sequence of social studies during the student’s four years in high school is listed below:
10th grade: World History (one-year course) required for graduation
11th grade: United States History (one-year course). All students must earn passing grades in both semesters of
the course in order to meet graduation requirements.
12th grade: American Government (one semester) and fundamentals of Economics (one semester). Students
must earn a passing grade in American Government and Fundamental of Economics to fulfill graduation
• Non-freshmen students may enroll in additional social studies courses as electives if they choose to do so.
World History (UC/CSU) (10th -12th graders) S2000XX
World History students begin by studying the connections between moral and ethical principles found in ancient
Greece and Rome as well as Judaism and Christianity in the development of American political thought. The
course then continues with a study of revolutions in England, the United States, and France and their enduring
effects on expectations for self-government and individual rights. World History then proceeds chronologically
through the major events of the modern world: the Industrial Revolution, Imperialism, World War I and its
consequences, Totalitarianism after World War I, World War II, and international developments in the post-
World War II world.
• All students are required to pass both semesters of World History.
Advanced Placement World History (UC/CSU) (10th-12th graders) S2000XP
Advanced Placement World History is a college level class that will challenge the student throughout a study of\
World History from 1000 to the present. Students will be required to work with Primary Source materials, write
numerous essays and develop higher order critical thinking skills. The course will also prepare the participants
for the College Board Advanced Placement Examination in World History. Students achieving a score of 3 or
above on the AP examination will earn college credit
United States History (UC/CSU) (11th and 12th graders) S3000XX
Students in U.S. History study the major turning points in American History in the 20th century. Following a
review of the nation’s early history including the impact of the Enlightenment on U.S. democratic ideals,
students proceed chronologically through U.S. History including the Rise of Industrialization, Rise of the United
States as a World Power, the 1920’s, the Depression, World War II, and post-World War II America (economic
boom, foreign policy, civil rights, and major social problems).
• All students are required to pass both semesters of US History in order to satisfy the District’s graduation
Advanced Placement U.S History ((UC/CSU) (11th graders) S3000XP
The AP program in United States History is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and factual
knowledge necessary to deal critically with United States history. Students should learn to assess historical
materials – their relevance to a given interpretive problem, their importance and to weigh the evidence. Students
will be required to take the AP Exam in May.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of World History is strongly recommended.
American Government (UC/CSU) (12th graders) (Semester) S4000XX
Students will pursue a deeper understanding of the institutions of American government. They will study
history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the
legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government. This class represents the culmination of civic
literacy as students prepare to vote, participate in community activities, and assume the responsibilities of
• This course must be passed to graduate.
Economics (UC/CSU) (12th graders) (Semester) S5000XX
Economics is a survey course designed to introduce the student to the science of economics. The individual will
receive, initially, a perspective of the American economy followed by a traditional sequence of studies ranging
from a look at the concept of scarcity to a view of international economic conditions. The course treats the
elements of economics theoretically and, at the same time, allows for a variety in approach and structure that
will meet the requirements of different students with a wide range of needs.
• This course must be passed to graduate.
Social Science Electives
Sociology/Psychology (UC/CSU) (11th and 12th graders) S8200XX/ S8700XX
Sociology/Psychology is a two semester course designed to develop in the student an understanding of groups
and their behavior. Students will study social norms and the individual roles assumed by members of a group as
a result of those norms. Different social groups will be studied and the importance as past of the social setting
will be explored. A strong emphasis will be placed on class participation, student responsibility, meeting
deadlines, coping with stress, and thinking positively. A few research projects will be performed on an off-
campus (field trips). You will leave this class with a strong sense of control over your life and a deeper
understanding and acceptance of the behavior of others, as well as your own.
California History and Problems/ State Requirements/Driver’s Education
(9th and 10th graders) S8760XX/O1000XX
California Problems is a one semester college prep elective class paired with State Requirements/Driver’s
Education, a non-college prep elective. California Problems begins with basic geography- both general
geography and specific California geography. Next is a California history unit. As we move through the
historical timeline we will be learning not just historical events, but how those events have led to our current
problems. The last unit is the current California environment in which political, social and environmental
problems are explored. The San Jose Mercury Newspaper is used as a textbook during this unit and throughout
the semester as appropriate. Students will be enrolled in State requirement Safety Ed second semester. The
second semester will cover state mandated Health and Safety curriculum requirements such as addiction
(tobacco, drug, and alcohol) and family life education. Driver’s education is taught as the last unit of the class.
Health / Careers / Driver’s Education (HCD) (11th and 12th graders) O3000XX
HCD is designed to introduce students to the high school experience and to provide for students meaningful
worthwhile and practical knowledge. Our units include orientation to high school, study skills, first aid, family
life education, addiction (drug / alcohol / tobacco), career planning and driver’s education.