Core Classes

Social Studies

Social Studies – See Social Studies Graduation Requirements

1 unit American History, 1 unit Civics, 1 unit of either World Geography or World History (plus 1 additional Social Studies for core 4) (Follow social studies graduation requirements on page 1 of course catalog).

Social Studies Courses:

World Geography

Grade: 9th

Description: This course is a survey of physical geography with an emphasis on the cultural and economic development of the nations of the world.


World Geography Honors (TR): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or above

Description: This course is designed to help college bound students and will move at a more accelerated pace. Students will be assigned more independent research and projects.

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation required.

Human Geography (AP)

Grade: 9th

Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: This course is a full year course designed to fulfill the curriculum expectations of a one semester university human geography course. The course focuses on the processes and cause/effect relationships of human populations. Students will be required to complete additional readings, projects, presentations, and writing assignments. Students may be eligible for college credit if they make a qualifying score on the AP exam.

Civics

Grade: 10th

Description: A study of American government concentrating on the constitution and the three branches of government. All topics relate to both juvenile and adult roles as citizens in society. This full year course will also include the study of Free Enterprise and will introduce students to the United States Economic system.


Government & Politics: United States (AP)

Grade: 10th

Description: AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in honors/advanced Social Studies and English courses –or– B or above average in traditional Social Studies and English courses; AP Coordinator approval required.


Government & Politics: Comparative (AP)

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and the political, economic, and social challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in honors/advanced Social Studies and English courses –or– B or above average in traditional Social Studies and English courses; AP Coordinator approval required.

US History

Grade: 11th

Description: The course is a study of our heritage, studying events from exploration to Reconstruction in the first semester and events from Reconstruction to modern times in the second semester. It is designed to help students develop life skills.


US History (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: A college level US history course which utilizes college texts and materials. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam. Students will receive an extra quality point for a grade of “C” or higher

Prerequisites: Instructor’s approval.

Psychology

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed to increase one’s awareness of human behavior and includes such topics as human development related to various stages of life, personality, abnormal behavior, emotions, parapsychology, intelligence, cognitive development, memory, and perception. This course is offered 1st semester for ½ unit and is paired with Sociology which will be offered 2nd semester.

Prerequisites: Algebra II and B or above in Chemistry (C with Science Teacher Recommendation)


Psychology (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above.

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course will take a more in-depth look into the science of psychology in an attempt to prepare the students to take the Advanced Placement examination. Through the use of activities, strategies, current issues, active thinking, questioning, and problem-solving, students will study introductory level psychological theories and behavioral issues. Supplemental readings are included as well as case studies.

Sociology

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: A 2nd semester, ½ unit course paired with Psychology (which is taught 1st semester). This course studies human groups, the meaning of culture, reasons for cultural variations, organization of society, and problem areas in contemporary society.

World History

Grade: 12th

Description: This is a full year course designed for college bound seniors. This is a survey course of Western Civilization from 1450 to the present.


World History (AP)

Grade: 12th

Description: AP World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in honors/advanced Social Studies and English courses –or– B or above average in traditional Social Studies and English courses; AP Coordinator approval required.

European History (AP)

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: Students will study the history of Europe from 1350-2010. Regular reading and document based writing assignments will be given. College credit for the course may be obtained by AP examination at the end of the school year.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3.0 GPA in social studies, Recommendation of Current Social Studies Teacher and AP teacher’s approval.

Social Studies Faculty:

Christina Smoorenburg, Department Chair
csmoorenburg@ebrschools.org

James Daniels
jdaniels2@ebrschools.org

Daniel Eiland
deiland@ebrschools.org

Hilma Governale
hgovernale@ebrschools.org

Tammie Hauptmann
thauptmann@ebrschools.org

Malakah Hawkins
mharrison1@ebrschools.org

Ashley Heyer
aheyer@ebrschools.org

Leila Inoue
linoue@ebrschools.org

Rachel Saltzberg
rsaltzberg1@ebrschools.org

Katie Vining
kvining@ebrschools.org

Jeffrey Vitrano
jvitrano@ebrschools.org

Scott Wallace
swallace2@ebrschools.org

Core Classes

Social Studies

Social Studies – See Social Studies Graduation Requirements

1 unit American History, 1 unit Civics, 1 unit of either World Geography or World History (plus 1 additional Social Studies for core 4) (Follow social studies graduation requirements on page 1 of course catalog).

Social Studies Courses:

World Geography

Grade: 9th

Description: This course is a survey of physical geography with an emphasis on the cultural and economic development of the nations of the world.


World Geography Honors (TR): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or above

Description: This course is designed to help college bound students and will move at a more accelerated pace. Students will be assigned more independent research and projects.

Prerequisites: Teacher recommendation required.

Human Geography (AP)

Grade: 9th

Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: This course is a full year course designed to fulfill the curriculum expectations of a one semester university human geography course. The course focuses on the processes and cause/effect relationships of human populations. Students will be required to complete additional readings, projects, presentations, and writing assignments. Students may be eligible for college credit if they make a qualifying score on the AP exam.

Civics

Grade: 10th

Description: A study of American government concentrating on the constitution and the three branches of government. All topics relate to both juvenile and adult roles as citizens in society. This full year course will also include the study of Free Enterprise and will introduce students to the United States Economic system.


Government & Politics: United States (AP)

Grade: 10th

Description: AP United States Government and Politics introduces students to key political ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the political culture of the United States. The course examines politically significant concepts and themes, through which students learn to apply disciplinary reasoning assess causes and consequences of political events, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in honors/advanced Social Studies and English courses –or– B or above average in traditional Social Studies and English courses; AP Coordinator approval required.


Government & Politics: Comparative (AP)

Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th

Description: AP Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to the rich diversity of political life outside the United States. The course uses a comparative approach to examine the political structures; policies; and the political, economic, and social challenges among six selected countries: Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria. Additionally, students examine how different governments solve similar problems by comparing the effectiveness of approaches to many global issues. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in honors/advanced Social Studies and English courses –or– B or above average in traditional Social Studies and English courses; AP Coordinator approval required.

US History

Grade: 11th

Description: The course is a study of our heritage, studying events from exploration to Reconstruction in the first semester and events from Reconstruction to modern times in the second semester. It is designed to help students develop life skills.


US History (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above

Description: A college level US history course which utilizes college texts and materials. This course is designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement exam. Students will receive an extra quality point for a grade of “C” or higher

Prerequisites: Instructor’s approval.

Psychology

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course is designed to increase one’s awareness of human behavior and includes such topics as human development related to various stages of life, personality, abnormal behavior, emotions, parapsychology, intelligence, cognitive development, memory, and perception. This course is offered 1st semester for ½ unit and is paired with Sociology which will be offered 2nd semester.

Prerequisites: Algebra II and B or above in Chemistry (C with Science Teacher Recommendation)


Psychology (AP): Extra Quality Point Awarded for C or Above.

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: This course will take a more in-depth look into the science of psychology in an attempt to prepare the students to take the Advanced Placement examination. Through the use of activities, strategies, current issues, active thinking, questioning, and problem-solving, students will study introductory level psychological theories and behavioral issues. Supplemental readings are included as well as case studies.

Sociology

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: A 2nd semester, ½ unit course paired with Psychology (which is taught 1st semester). This course studies human groups, the meaning of culture, reasons for cultural variations, organization of society, and problem areas in contemporary society.

World History

Grade: 12th

Description: This is a full year course designed for college bound seniors. This is a survey course of Western Civilization from 1450 to the present.


World History (AP)

Grade: 12th

Description: AP World History focuses on developing students’ abilities to think conceptually about world history from approximately 8000 BCE to the present and apply historical thinking skills as they learn about the past. Five themes of equal importance — focusing on the environment, cultures, state-building, economic systems, and social structures — provide areas of historical inquiry for investigation throughout the course. AP World History encompasses the history of the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, with special focus on historical developments and processes that cross multiple regions. Note: Students who take this class are required to take the AP exam.

Prerequisites: C or above average in honors/advanced Social Studies and English courses –or– B or above average in traditional Social Studies and English courses; AP Coordinator approval required.

European History (AP)

Grade: 11th, 12th

Description: Students will study the history of Europe from 1350-2010. Regular reading and document based writing assignments will be given. College credit for the course may be obtained by AP examination at the end of the school year.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3.0 GPA in social studies, Recommendation of Current Social Studies Teacher and AP teacher’s approval.

Social Studies Faculty:

Christina Smoorenburg, Department Chair
csmoorenburg@ebrschools.org
James Daniels
jdaniels2@ebrschools.org
Daniel Eiland
deiland@ebrschools.org
Hilma Governale
hgovernale@ebrschools.org
Tammie Hauptmann
thauptmann@ebrschools.org
Malakah Hawkins
mharrison1@ebrschools.org
Ashley Heyer
aheyer@ebrschools.org
Leila Inoue
linoue@ebrschools.org
Bill Mosby
rmosby1@ebrschools.org
Rachel Saltzberg
rsaltzberg1@ebrschools.org
Katie Vining
kvining@ebrschools.org
Jeffrey Vitrano
jvitrano@ebrschools.org
Scott Wallace
swallace2@ebrschools.org