Upper School Courses

United States History (2 semesters)

In this year-long course, students will journey through 20th century United States history, using political, economic, and social events to foster critical thinking, discuss contemporary issues, and hone academic skill. Students are expected to participate in this online course similar to a brick-and-mortar class by logging in daily, completing assignments, and interacting regularly with teachers and peers. Students are encouraged to participate in the National History Day competition.

(UC a-g credit )
World History (2 semesters)

Students in this course study major turning points that shaped the modern world, from the late eighteenth century though the present, including the cause and course of the two world wars. They trace the rise of democratic ideas and develop and understanding of the historical roots of current world issues, especially as they pertain to international relations. Students develop and understanding of current world issues and relate them to their historical, geographic, political, economic, and cultural contexts. Students consider multiple accounts of events in order to understanding international relations from a variety of perspectives. Students will engage in project-based learning to master concepts necessary for successful course completion.

(UC a-g credit )
Economics (1 semester)

The major emphasis of this course is upon studying the basic principles of economics to help students understand the “demand” economic system within which they live, and to learn to analyze, objectively, the wide range of problems that confront their society. The course briefly contrasts other systems, such as “command” economics, with the United States economic system. The course also identifies the growing problem caused by unlimited demands on limited natural resources and by socioeconomic desires for a balanced ecology on the one hand and an increased standard of living on the other. Appreciation is developed for the fact that sound economic growth results only from increased productivity, and for the necessary role of investment capital as the seed for future growth in either a “command” or a ‘demand” market system.

The course enables pupils to gain better understanding of how and why the United States economic system works, how they can help it to serve them better.

Students will engage in project-based learning to master the economic concepts necessary for successful course completion. A great degree of critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication is needed.

(UC a-g credit )

Middle School Courses

Pirates! (1 quarter)
Teacher: Alexa Hale

Ahoy!! Welcome t’ me course on Pirates! For 8 weeks, you will be studyin’ t’ history o’ pirates. We will be lookin’ at:
Pirates in ancient civilizations, t’ Medieval Period, t’ Golden Age (16th- 18th Century), and 21st century pirates
Investigatin’ democracy within piracy
Navigation techniques
Global Positionin’
Research skills
Tools for creatin’ a bibliography

Introduction to Criminal Justice (1 quarter)
Teacher: Katie Soto

You have probably heard about the “criminal justice system” in the news recently. It is frequently mentioned by the Presidential candidates. In fact, if you watch the news, the top story on most broadcasts has something to do with the criminal justice system! In this course, you’ll have the opportunity to better understand what criminal justice means, and how it can impact you! Over the next 8 weeks, we will review:

  • The History of the Criminal Justice System
  • A better understanding of the Bill of Rights
  • The purpose of laws
  • The role of the police
  • Kids and the Criminal Justice System
  • The Courts
  • Cyberbullying
Land of the Free, Home of the Brave (1 quarter)

This is a combination Science/Social Science course.  This course requires concurrent enrollment in both the science and the social science sections of this one quarter course.

This course covers the early American Republic after the Revolutionary War. Learners will learn how young America creates their government and why they decide to expand west. This course also studies the science of human impact on land. Learners will study how early Americans used natural resources and their impact on the environment.

Land of the Free, Home of the Brave will explore the following questions:

1. How and why did the United States expand?

2. How did early Americans use their natural resources and effect their environment?

3. How much power should the federal government have? And what should it do?

4. How does the meaning of freedom change over time?

Mock Trial for Middle School (1 quarter)
Teacher: Katie Soto

Mock Trial- Middle School- In this course, you will take on the role of a prosecutor or defender in a criminal trial. We will explore the court system, the roles of everyone involved in the court, and the trial process itself. In your role as prosecutor or defender, you will have the opportunity to prepare your case for trial!

Medieval Times I (1 quarter)
Teacher: Katie Soto

Learners will examine the geographical, political, economic, religious and social aspects of the time period from AD 500-1789 in Europe, Africa and Asia through the view of a newspaper.

Medieval Times II (1 quarter)
Teacher: Katie Soto

Here ye, here ye!!! Welcome to Medieval Times II, the newspaper that will bring you through the history of the civilizations that were developing from A.D. 500-1400, the 5th to the 15th centuries. This course will pick up where Medieval Times I left off, starting with the Renaissance period. Each section will be written as a newspaper article to cover a particular topic. Each week, we will explore a new culture or development with articles, videos and discussion posts. This course will cover the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.

Pre-Requisite: Medieval Times I

Vampires! (1 quarter)
Teacher: Kate Wolfe

Myth may seem entirely fictional, but, most myth and legend comes from real places. Vampires are no different. This course traces the history of the vampire from its origins in folklore all the way through our modern day interpretation of the infamous creature. As we learn about the vampire you will learn valuable research, critical thinking and note-taking skills as you explore the history, folklore, sociology and psychology of the monster.