Social Studies

Global Studies 9

One (1) year; One (1) credit

In keeping with changing New York State syllabus and guidelines, the Global Studies Course will be taught in a thematic sequence. The ninth graders will be part of a co-taught, freshmen and sophomore cohort. Material learned during this class will carry over to the students’ tenth-grade year, in which the students will be required to take a New York State Regents Exam.  The Regents will test students’ knowledge on information covered during the students’ tenth-grade years, however, the ninth grade foundation is vital to the understanding of tenth-grade material.

The ninth graders will have the opportunity to challenge the Regents Exam in January of their tenth-grade year as well as June of their tenth-grade year to increase their overall Regents grade. The year will culminate with a final exam, preparing the students for the New York State Regents Exam their tenth-grade year.

Advanced Global Studies by Contract

Students taking Regents Global Studies can earn the advanced designation and the weighted credit by meeting the following criteria, in addition to the required classroom assignments:

  • Maintain an 85 average for each quarter
  • Completion of a summer assignment
  • Research and complete 8 current events
  • Read and complete 4 independent novel studies

In achieving advanced Global credit, students will be asked to complete assignments that will allow them to make insightful connections to themselves and the English curriculum.

Global Studies 10

One (1) year; One (1) credit

In keeping with changing New York State syllabus and guidelines, the Global Studies Course will be taught in a thematic sequence. The tenth graders will be part of a co-taught, freshmen and sophomore cohort.  Material learned during this class will be a review from the year before, as the tenth-grade students review for the Regents exam throughout the year. The Regents will test students’ knowledge on information covered during the students’ tenth grade years. The tenth graders will have the opportunity to challenge the Regents Exam in January as well as June to increase their overall Regents grade.

Global Studies 10A

One (1) year; One (1) credit

Prerequisites: test scores, report card grades, and joint English/Global Studies summer assignment

In advanced Global Studies students will examine their role in their local, national, and global communities.  Students will critically analyze a variety of primary sources, including documents and newspaper articles. Writings will include responses to these documents, as well as essays and DBQs in preparation for the state examination. Students will participate in presentations, as well as debates and discussions centered on the primary themes of Global Studies (political revolutions, economic interdependence, etc.). An emphasis on research related reading and writing tasks will create opportunities to identify the core subjects of the curriculum as well as exploring many different current event topics.  The course will center on student-driven tasks and objectives and will culminate with the New York State Regents Examination.

American History

One (1) year: One (1) Credit

This course will cover the entire history of the United States with a special emphasis on the period from Reconstruction to the present. This course will also cover the American governmental system including the Constitution, Bill of Rights and enduring Constitutional issues. Students will be required to take and pass the New York State Regents Examination in US History and Government.

Economics

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit

This course is designed to expose the student to the factors and forces, which affect the individual, local, national and international economics. The objective of the course is to show the interrelationship between the many components of a national economy and the difficulty in trying to control such a complex and specialized system.

Some of the concepts covered in this course will include; economic systems, supply and demand, business organizations, labor unions, government’s role in the economy, taxes, business cycles, stock market, economic indicators, money and banking and the international economy.

Participation in Government

Half (1/2) year; Half (1/2) credit

The district is seeking University in High School (SUNY Albany) College in High School (Fulton-Montgomery Community College) credits. If available, students will have the option to register with the college, pay for and receive college credits.

This course is designed to expose students to the functions of American Government. The course will help students better understand the complexity of governmental systems while exploring the many controversial issues which confront the United States today. Essay writing will be a major focus of this course.

AP American History

One (1) year; One (1) credit

(ADVANCED PLACEMENT)

AP American History is an in-depth study of the history of the United States. The National AP test is administered at the completion of the program. Students achieving above a certain score may receive college credit for the course.