Social studies programs have as a major purpose the promotion of civic competence-which is the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required of students to be able to assume "the office of citizen" (as Thomas Jefferson called it) in our democratic republic. As a field of study, social studies may be more difficult to define than is a single discipline such as history or geography, precisely because it is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Two main characteristics, however, distinguish social studies as a field of study: it is designed to promote civic competence; and it is integrative, incorporating many fields of endeavor.
Global Studies I and II: The Grade Global History I and II course is designed to build foundations on historical concepts from Ancient Civilizations to the Age of Enlightenment. Students will be engaged in Social studies topics while having in depth discussions to create a base of knowledge, make connections and apply this knowledge in the course and other courses throughout the year. Global History I and II is a credit bearing but non-regents bearing course. The material is necessary to learn and master for Global History III and IV which are regents bearing classes.
Global Studies III and IV: The Schuylerville Preparatory High School Global History III & IV Courses have been designed in accordance with the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework. Through the investigation and analysis of primary and secondary sources, students have the opportunity to think critically, and to read, write, and speak like historians, while simultaneously honing the literacy and critical thinking skills necessary for both the New York State Regents exams and post-secondary coursework. The Global History III & IV Courses will span nine independent units that will take place over the time period of one year, culminating with the New York State Global History Examination. The Global III Course will begin with a Unit on the Enlightenment, Revolutions, and Nationalism and end with a Unit on Unresolved Global Conflict (1914-1945). Global Studies IV will begin with a Unit on Unresolved Global Conflict (1945-1991) and finish up with a Unit on Human Rights Violations.
Participation in Government: Participation in Government is a senior level course. It is a semester long class that is required for graduation. There is no Regents exam at the end of the course needed to pass in order to graduate. The class will cover what government is, why we have governments and how individuals participate in the American democratic process.
United States History: This required course traces the history of the United States from the arrival of the first Americans through the end of the 19th Century. It introduces the themes of balance between unity and diversity, the shaping of democracy, the search for opportunity, and the influence of geographical factors. It also examines European, Native American, and African interaction in Colonial America, the Revolution, the New Nation, the Constitution, the movement West, slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrialization, WWI, WWII, Cold War and contemporary times.
A department's grading policy is the way in which the members of that department have chosen to weigh the different types of works that students do in their classrooms. Grading policies are used across the board by all teachers in that department. Please note that anywhere the word "assessment" appears can be meant to refer to quizzes, tests/exams, essays or any major work that is used to measure a students knowledge.
Social Studies Grading Policy
Unit Exams/Projects = 20%
Quizzes = 10%
Writing = 20%
Classwork = 40%
Homework = 10%