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World Geography

 

World Geography introduces the five basic themes of geography: Location, Place, Human/Environment Interaction, Movement, and Region. The course covers the continents in terms of population growth, economic development, urbanization, resource allocation, land use and geopolitics. Students also learn about the physical characteristics of the Earth, including climate issues, weather patterns, landforms, soils, vegetation and water usage. Students also explore the division of the world's natural resources, along with the pollution that mankind generates with its effect on the environment. The course allows students to understand the history of nation states, boundary formations, issues of natural resources, geopolitical history, political and economic systems, the development of cities and the impact of globalization. Arab history is integrated throughout this course.

 

World History I

 

This course follows historical events from the earliest civilizations dating back to “Pre-History” that shaped the world we live in today.  Students explore different aspects of human experience such as culture, economy, religion, philosophy, politics, law, military conflict, and arts so that they can understand patterns of behavior, historical events and movements. Students are introduced to the geographic, religious, social, and political history of each era. Arab history is integrated throughout this course. Emphasis is placed on developing cultural literacy, research skills, and critical writing skills. The course draws upon primary, secondary, artistic, and archeological sources to supplement the textbook and encourages students to see the world evens from a global perspective instead of a domestic one.  Arab history is integrated throughout this course.

 

World History II

 

World History is a course that focuses the rise of the nation state in Europe, the French Revolution, and the economic and political roots of the modern world.  Students will learn about the origins and consequences of the Industrial Revolution, 19th century political reform in Western Europe, and imperialism in Africa, Asia, and South America. Emphasis will be placed on the causes and consequences of the great military and economic events of the past century, including World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the Russian and Chinese revolutions. Finally, students will study the rise of nationalism and the continuing persistence of political, ethnic, and religious conflict in many parts of the world. Arab history is integrated throughout this course. Emphasis is placed on developing cultural literacy, research skills, and critical writing skills. The course draws upon primary, secondary, artistic, and archeological sources to supplement the textbook. Arab history is integrated throughout this course.

 

US History

 

US History investigates the development of the nation from the colonial period to the present. It focuses on the historical and intellectual origins of the United States during the Revolutionary and Constitutional eras. Students learn about the important political and economic factors that contributed to the outbreak of the Revolution as well as the consequences of the Revolution.  Students also study the basic framework of American democracy and the basic concepts of America government, such as popular sovereignty, federalism, separation of powers, and individual rights. Students will also learn about the growth of sectional conflict, how sectional conflict led to the Civil War, and the consequences of the Civil War, including Reconstruction. The causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution will be analyzed. The various factors that led to America’s entry into World War II as well as the consequences of World War II on American life will be fully explored. Finally, students will study the causes and course of the Cold War, important economic and political changes during the Cold War, including the Civil Rights movement, and recent events and trends that have shaped modern-day America. Arab history is integrated throughout this course. This course develops and reinforces the use of primary sources, library and research techniques, formulation and testing of hypotheses, map reading and geography skills. Students are also taught to collect, organize and interpret data, and understand cause and effect relationships within a chronological structure. Students write book reviews and research papers in conjunction with the instruction they have received in their sophomore English program.  Arab history is integrated throughout this course.

 

Psychology

 

Psychology is an introductory course that allows students to understand the workings of the human mind. Topics are explored from a theoretical and practical viewpoint. Psychology students will focus on a variety of topics, including personality types, the capabilities of memory, stress, analysis of dreams and the importance of sleep, psychological disorders, understanding moods and emotions, stress, motivational techniques, and a variety of related topics. The course uses discussion, projects, videos, and other educational methods to provide a unique experience.

 

AP Psychology

 

AP Psychology offers various challenging topic that scientifically teach students the motives behind actions and behaviors. AP Psychology goes into detail describing different psychological disorders, the causes of behaviors and mental processes and the development of the brain throughout a human life time. By the end of the course, students will learn more than just the basics of introductory psychology, they will develop a deeper and a more detailed understanding of the brain and behaviors process through experimental studies. 

 

Economics

 

Economics is the theory of choice. The course focuses on how the decisions made by consumers, business and government impacts everyday life. Micro and macro- economics are taught, with theoretical and practical implications stressed. Economic principles, concepts, theories and laws are incorporated into the curriculum. Practical items such as the banking system, recession and inflation, the tax system, business models, the stock market and fiscal policy from the US Government and Federal Reserve are covered. Current topical issues are included for relevance and understanding.

 

AP Micreconomics

 

AP Microeconomics is a rigorous course that provides students with thorough knowledge of economic principles so that they can apply them to consumer and producer decision making in different economic systems. Students will have a clear understanding of the nature and function of product markets, theories of consumer choice, firm’s behavior and market structures, factor markets, and the role of government in preventing market failure. This challenging course elevates problem solving and critical thinking skills to a more sophisticated level; this will be manifested through timed-essays, persuasive research paper of some length, commentaries and complex multiple choice questions. The course will also emphasize independent reading of various up-to-date economic articles followed by AP test practices, daily assignments, class discussions and an individual oral presentation based on research.