ADVANCED PLACEMENT UNITED STATES
Available to Grades 11-12
AP US History is designed to be the equivalent of a two semester introductory college or university survey of US history and is considered College Course Equivalent. The Advanced Placement Program (AP) offers a course and exam in AP United States History to qualified students who wish to complete studies in secondary school equivalent to an introductory college course in U.S. History. The AP U.S. History Exam presumes at least one year of college-level preparation. The AP U.S. History course is designed to provide students with the analytic skills and factual knowledge necessary to deal critically with the problems and materials in U.S. History. The program prepares students for intermediate and advanced college courses by making demands upon them equivalent to those made by full-year introductory college courses. Students should learn to assess historical materials—their relevance to a given interpretive problem, reliability, and importance—and to weigh the evidence and interpretations presented in historical scholarship. An AP U.S. History course should thus develop the skills necessary to arrive at conclusions on the basis of an informed judgment and to present reasons and evidence clearly and persuasively in essay format. The course content will span the time period from Pre-Columbian Societies to The United States in the Post–Cold War World. This course requires a summer project.
This course prepares students to take the AP United States History exam in May. A strong exam score can be used for college credit at numerous colleges and universities. This varies from school to school, and students are advised to research requirements for individual colleges and universities.