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World History 

This course is designed to help students understand the development of civilization from ancient times to the modern era. The topics range from: early migration, early humans, ancient civilizations, world religions, colonization, early modern world, revolutions, and science and exploration. The students will be developing the following skills: analysis, compare/contrast, map reading, researching, evaluating and critical thinking. This class is a year-long required course for freshmen. Grades will be determined based on rubrics that align with Minnesota state standards and essential learner outcomes.

US History 

This course is designed to help students understand the historical development of the United States from the 1850’s-present day. The topics range from: Civil War, Reconstruction, Second Industrial Revolution, World War I, The Roaring Twenties, Great Depression, World War II, Cold War, Civil Rights movement, Vietnam War, Technological Era, and present day. The students will be developing the following skills: real-world applications, researching, cause/effect relationships, compare and contrast, critical thinking and analysis in the classroom. This class is a full year required course for sophomores. Grades will be determined based on rubrics that align with Minnesota state standards and essential learner outcomes.

American Government 

This course is designed to help students understand the ever-changing American Government and importance of being active participants in our society in the local, state, and national level. The topics range from: foundational ideas of American government, citizenship, branches of the government, United States Constitution, court systems, diplomacy, world affairs, political parties, and public policies. The students will be developing the following skills: real-world applications, researching, cause/effect relationships, compare and contrast, evaluating, defending, critical thinking and analysis in the classroom. This class is a semester-long required course for either juniors or seniors. Grades will be determined based on rubrics that align with Minnesota state standards and essential learner outcomes.

World Geography

This course is designed to help students understand the global connections that exist and continuation and change of our world. The topics range from: map reading, population patterns, culture, economic activities, migration, and governments of different regions of the world. The students will be developing the following skills: map reading, compare/contrast, graph reading, researching, understanding patterns, drawing conclusions, predictions, real-world applications, and critical thinking in the classroom. This class is a semester-long required course for juniors or seniors. Grades will be determined based on rubrics that align with Minnesota state standards and essential learner outcomes.

Deaf Studies 

This course is designed to help students to understand the rich heritage of the Deaf community in the United States and globally. The topics range from: early history of Deaf people in Europe, the founding of Deaf schools in America, Deaf rights and advocacy, Deaf Literature in both written English and American Sign Language, Deaf sports, Deaf View/Image Art (De’VIA), and Deaf culture. The students will be developing the following skills: analysis, interpretation, applying background knowledge, developing literacy skills and critical thinking. This class is a semester-long required course for juniors and seniors. Grades will be determined based on rubrics that align with the Minnesota state standards and essential learner outcomes.

World Current Issues 

This course is designed to help students understand the importance of current events as reported in recognized media and how it influences everyday life. The topics range from: healthcare, world poverty, foreign aid, terrorism, elections, global affairs, human rights violations, economics, and issues in the news. The students will be developing the following skills: analysis, graph reading, summarizing, evaluating, critical thinking, and real-world applications. This class is a semester-long elective course for juniors or seniors. Grades will be determined based on rubrics that align with Minnesota state standards and essential learner outcomes.

Psychology 

This course is designed to help students gain insight into our own behavior, as well as our relationships with others. As a social science, psychology explores the influences of society on individual behavior and group relationships. As a natural science, psychology looks for biological explanations for human behavior. The students will learn to think like a scientist. Scientists constantly question their own assumptions and look for alternative evidence and conclusions. The topics that are covered in this course range from: child psychology, learning and cognitive processes, the workings of mind and body, personality and individuality, social psychology, and the life span. This class is a semester-long elective course for juniors and seniors. Grades will be determined based on rubrics that align with Minnesota state standards and essential learner outcomes.