WELCOME TO A.P. UNITED STATES HISTORYAP U.S. History is a demanding introduction to American history and culture that assumes a high level of interest and competence. This course is similar to a first-year college course therefore students should expect that the workload will be heavier than most regular high school history courses. The analytical thinking, writing, and reading skills that students develop in AP U.S. History will equip them for college and lifelong learning.
In order to succeed, students need both to be motivated to study and to be able to keep up with the demands of a college-level course. By taking the AP Exam at the end of the course, students have the opportunity to demonstrate that they have, indeed, learned college-level material and are prepared to enter advanced college courses.
AP U.S. History integrates political, social, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and intellectual history in order to convey the experiences of particular groups within the broader perspective of the American past. At the same time, it connects events and issues from the past to the concerns of the present. History shows Americans continuously adapting to new developments as they shape the world in which they live. Often, ordinary Americans from a diverse range of backgrounds are thrust into extraordinary circumstances and the result is an exciting study in the "American experiment." As students study this long-term process, they will also encounter the unexpected -- unique events, unintended outcomes, and singular individuals.