Social Studies AP Course Sequencing

Poll Results
https://docs.google.com/a/nrms.k12.nc.us/forms/d/1...

Due to changes in graduation requirements for Social Studies, which course sequence is in the best interest of NRMPS students?

Option 1

  • World History Honors  9th
  • Turning Points in American History Honors 10th
  • Special Topics/AP US History 11th
  • Civics & Economics Honors 12th

Option 2

  • World History Honors 9th
  • Turning Points in American History Honors 10th
  • AP US History 11th
  • Civics & Economics Honors 12th

Option 3

  • World History Honors 9th
  • Civics & Economics Honors 10th
  • Turning Points in American History Honors  11th
  • AP US History 12th

Option 4

  • World History Honors 9th
  • Civics & Economics  Honors 10th
  • Turning Points in American History Honors 11th
  • Special Topics/AP US History 12th

Alternate Proposal

  • None                       9th
  • World History HN 10th
  • PAH/AP US History 11th
  • C&E HN 12th

The Facts

AP US History is a semester course, per College Board.

NRMPS made it a yearlong course by adding Special Topics in U.S. History as a foundation course.

Increase in social studies credits required for graduation from 3 to 4

Special Topics in U.S. History - local elective and does not satisfy the graduation credit requirement.

Turning Points in U.S. History is the state elective chosen for students pursuing AP track. Turning Points has its own essential standards and is a rigorous course of study which cannot be treated as a foundation course to AP U.S. History.

Option 1 will require 9th grade students to make a decision about AP in March.

Feedback from counselors suggests that taking American History I and II and Civics during their junior and senior years would limit the college and career courses they could take during those years.

The Issues

Do we replace Special Topics with Turning Points in American History?

Do we keep Special Topics as a foundation course and simply add Turning Points as another elective.

When should students take AP US History, their Junior or Senior year?

Research

Research reflects that Edgecombe County, Buncombe County, and Durham County follow the same sequence as NRMPS by offering Civics as a senior level course. Wake County, Franklin County, and Pitt County offer Civics & Economics as a 10th grade course.

NRMPS AP U.S. History teachers and high school principals were polled to get feedback from within the school system.