Summer Office Hours
For an eight-week period from June 11 – August 3, all District schools and the Administration Center for Education will be open Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays. In addition, District offices will be closed July 4 in honor of Independence Day. 

The Administration Center for Education will be open to the public from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hours at the individual schools will vary. Due to limited office staff during this time, please contact the school to confirm someone will be available to assist you when planning your visit.  Click here for a phone directory. 

Social Studies

The required three credit social studies program begins with part II of US History in grade 9. There are, however, multiple tracks a student can follow to complete the District social studies requirements for graduation, for preparation for college, and to meet the Pennsylvania Academic Standards. Placement within a specific level of social studies course is based, to a great extent, upon the recommendation of the previous year's social studies teacher.



US HISTORY II – LEVEL 1
Grade 9
This course is designed to introduce students to the second half of the United States history. The content of this course includes information in the post-Civil War era (1865) to the present day. Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of historical research, interpretation and evaluation. This course is recommended for those students planning to enter college or seek a more challenging social studies course.

US HISTORY II – LEVEL 2
Grade 9

This course is designed to introduce students to the second half of the United States history. The content of this course includes information in the post-Civil War era (1865) to the present day. Student will be introduced to the fundamental principles of historical research, interpretation and evaluation.

US HISTORY II– ESL

Grade 9

This program is designed to assist students with limited English proficiency. This course is designed to introduce students to the second half of the United States history. The content of this course includes information in the post-Civil War era (1865) to the present day. Student will be introduced to the fundamental principles of historical research, interpretation and evaluation.

ECONOMICS-MACRO ADVANCED PLACEMENT (SEMESTER)
Grades 11-12

Prerequisite(s): Teacher Recommendation

This course enables the student to take the Macroeconomics Advanced Placement test. The course examines global economic systems, focusing primarily on the United States’ economy. Topics of study include, but are not limited to, basic economic concepts, economic systems, gross national and domestic products, measurement of economic performance, aggregate supply and demand, and price determination. This course trains students to interpret, analyze, and evaluate economic data. All AP students are required to participate in a summer reading/writing program. Each enrollee completes all assigned readings and responds, in writing, by a predetermined date prior to the start of the school year.


ECONOMICS-MICRO ADVANCED PLACEMENT (SEMESTER)
Grade 10-12

Prerequisite(s): AP Macroeconomics

This semester length course enables the student to take the Microeconomics Advanced Placement test. The course examines the key components of the United States’ economic system. Topics of study include, but are not limited to basic economic concepts, laws of supply and demand, consumer choice, production, costs, competition, efficiency and government policy. The course will train students to interpret, analyze and evaluate economic data. Students must successfully complete AP Macroeconomics prior to this course. To increase a student’s chances of success on the AP Micro exam, students are encouraged, but not required, to take AP Macro during the same school year as AP Micro.

ECONOMICS– LEVEL 1
Grade 10-12

This semester-long course is designed to produce an economically literate citizen. Topics to be investigated include: the market system, supply and demand, types of businesses, the stock market, business cycles, government economic policies, and how to successfully enter the American workforce. Students will also complete a consumer economics unit designed to teach basic credit and money management skills. This course satisfies 0.5 credits of the 3.0 Social Studies credits necessary for graduation. Students may select to take this course and American Citizenship in place of a full-year Social Studies course. American Citizenship and Economics may be taken during different school years. Students may also take Economics as an elective.

ECONOMICS– LEVEL 2
Grade 10-12

This semester-long course is designed to produce an economically literate citizen. Topics to be investigated include: the market system, supply and demand, types of businesses, the stock market, business cycles, government economic policies, and how to successfully enter the American workforce. Students will also complete a consumer economics unit designed to teach basic credit and money management skills. This course satisfies 0.5 credits of the 3.0 Social Studies credits necessary for graduation. Students may select to take this course and American Citizenship in place of a full-year Social Studies course. American Citizenship and Economics may be taken during different school years. Students may also take Economics as an elective.

AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP & GOVERNMENT – LEVEL 1
Grade 10-12

This semester-long course is intended to develop an understanding and appreciation of the American Government. This course will expose students to the important principles and documents of our government. Students will examine the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in our society; as well as, how our federal, state and local governments work. Students will develop the skills to be engaged and politically active citizens. This course satisfies 0.5 credits of the 3.0 Social Studies credits necessary for graduation. Students may select to take this course and Economics in place of a full-year Social Studies course. American Citizenship and Economics may be taken during different school years. Students may also take American Citizenship as an elective.


AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP & GOVERNMENT – LEVEL 2
Grade 10-12

This semester-long course is intended to develop an understanding and appreciation of the American Government. This course will expose students to the important principles and documents of our government. Students will examine the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in our society; as well as, how our federal, state and local governments work. Students will develop the skills to be engaged and politically active citizens. This course satisfies 0.5 credits of the 3.0 Social Studies credits necessary for graduation. Students may select to take this course and Economics in place of a full-year Social Studies course. American Citizenship and Economics may be taken during different school years. Students may also take American Citizenship as an elective.

PSYCHOLOGY
Grades 10-12

This course is designed to help those students who want to understand human behavior. Topics include biological bases of behavior, learning and memory, states of consciousness, motivation, personality and abnormal disorders. Psychology is a recommended elective for those students going on to higher education.


WORLD HISTORY ADVANCED PLACEMENT (FULL YEAR)
Grades 10-12

Prerequisite(s): Teacher Recommendation

This course focuses on the last thousand years of global history. World History Advanced Placement concentrates on events that have global impact and on the significant interactions between cultures, regions, and institutions. Course material is balanced between the study of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The content of World History Advanced Placement reflects the content of a college level world history course. All Advanced Placement students are required to participate in a summer reading/writing program. Each enrollee completes all assigned readings and responds, in writing, by a predetermined date prior to the start of the new school year.


UNITED STATES HISTORY – ADVANCED PLACEMENT (FULL YEAR)
Grades 10-12

Prerequisite(s): Social studies teacher recommendation

This course enables students to take the Advanced Placement test. The course involves the intense study of United States history from 1492 to the present. The course trains students to analyze and interpret primary sources, including documentary material, maps, statistical tables, and pictorial and graphic evidence of historical events, as well as building a strong base of historical content. All Advanced Placement students are required to participate in a summer reading/writing program. Each enrollee completes all assigned readings and responds, in writing, by a predetermined date prior to the start of the new school year.



PSYCHOLOGY ADVANCED PLACEMENT (YEAR LONG)
Grades 11-12

Psychology AP is a more advanced version of Psychology covering a greater breadth and depth of information. Students will demonstrate a collegiate level of understanding and application of psychological concepts. The coursework of Psychology AP is designed to prepare students to earn college credit. All Advanced Placement students are required to participate in a summer reading/ writing program. Each enrollee is expected to complete all assigned readings and responds, in writing, by a predetermined date prior to the start of the new school year.


SOCIOLOGY
Grades 11-12

This course provides a basic understanding of how society affects people's lives. Sociology focuses on issues such as gender, race, social class, diversity, interdependence, and change. Where psychology attempts to explain behavior from the perspective of the individual within society, sociology focuses on how society molds the individual. Sociology is a recommended elective for those students going on to higher education.


WORLD HISTORY – LEVEL 1
Grade 10

Students will examine the advent of the modern world through an exploration of global events beginning with the period around 1500 CE. The course will put a global context on Europe’s role in shaping world events leading up to and including the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will analyze the causes and effects of industrialization worldwide, including imperialism and global conflict. The course will conclude with the emergence of Asia and Africa in the post-colonial world. In addition to historical content, the course will enhance the student’s critical thinking skills through the analysis of primary source documents, the composition of position papers and the application of cause and effect assessment. This course is recommended for those students planning to enter college or seek a more challenging social studies course.


WORLD HISTORY – LEVEL 2
Grade 10

Students will examine the advent of the modern world through an exploration of global events beginning with the period around 1500 CE. The course will put a global context on Europe’s role in shaping world events leading up to and including the 19th and 20th centuries. Students will analyze the causes and effects of industrialization worldwide, including imperialism and global conflict. The course will conclude with the emergence of Asia and Africa in the post-colonial world. In addition to historical content, the course will enhance the student’s critical thinking skills through the analysis of primary source documents, the composition of position papers and the application of cause and effect assessment.

WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND GLOBAL ISSUES – LEVEL 1
Grade 11

Students will explore the physical and cultural geography of the many regions of the earth as well as the important events that made and keep each region unique. Students will develop a global perspective by analyzing the events and issues that affect the United States and other world nations. This course is recommended for those students planning to enter college or seek a more challenging social studies course.


WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND GLOBAL ISSUES – LEVEL 2
Grade 11

Students will explore the physical and cultural geography of the many regions of the earth as well as the important events that made and keep each region unique. Students will develop a global perspective by analyzing the events and issues that affect the United States and other world nations.

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