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AP US History (APUSH)

Welcome to APUSH!

Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) is a year long, introductory college level course. The overall purpose of this course allows students to be eligible to take the Advanced Placement Exam for U.S. History in May at the end of the school year. This course will prepare you academically for the exam, with the intention that you earn a passing grade of a 3, 4, or 5 in order to receive college credit from most universities and colleges.


Students will meet challenging course standards through various learning experiences designed to develop their understanding and skills of this subject. This course focuses on student’s developing historical thinking skills (analyzing historical evidence, developing argumentation, contextualization, comparison, causation, and continuity and change over time) and the ability to think conceptually about U.S. history from 1491 to the present. The course will be structured around several different thematic learning objectives broken down within nine different chronological periods. These themes are: American and National Identity (NAT); Migration and Settlement (MIG); Politics and Power (POL); Work, Exchange, and Technology (WXT); America in the World (WOR); Geography and the Environment (GEO); and, Culture and Society (CUL)