General Guide to Social Studies Class Levels
Standard: In our social studies department, standard courses are taught with rigor & relevance. Students are expected to develop literacy skills, critical thinking skills, and collaborative skills.
Honors: Honors classes feature increased rigor from a standard course. Honors students are expected to write more papers, complete different and more extensive readings, answer additional prompts on tests, and complete a community service project in The Founding Principles, Civics, & Economics.
Seminar: Seminar classes are weighted the same as Honors classes but offer additional challenges to students. The primary distinction is that Seminar courses require graded discussions. Seminar students will also be assigned more complex paper prompts and complete a community service project in The Founding Principles, Civics, & Economics.
AP: AP courses are the most rigorous high school level classes available. This course assigns college-level quality readings, consistent and substantial homework, and demanding, in-depth papers such as DBQs, FRQs, change-over-time papers, and research papers.*
*DBQ refers to a document-based question and FRQ refers to a free response question.