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Our goals are aligned with the New York State Regents criteria. Our mandatory course of study includes four units of history. In Freshman year, Global Studies 9 is the course focus: the topics are covered in a chronological order, from pre-historic times until the 18th century, while also examining the varying regions of the world. In Sophomore year, Global 10 emphasizes the later 18th century until modern day. In addition, preparation for the cumulative Regents, given in June, is basic to the class’s structure. Then in Junior year, the student turns her attention to the development of America from the colonies to the present-day, with emphasis on comprehension of the Constitution. At the end of this course, students take a New York State Regents Exam. Finally, in the Senior year, students take one semester of Economics and one semester of Government.

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Global Studies 9—Regents Global Studies 10—Regents U.S. History & Government—Regents U.S. Government & Economics—Regents/Honors
Global Studies 9—Honors Global Studies 10—Honors U.S. History & Government—Honors Honors Humanities - Elective
    U. S. History & Government—Advanced Placement Introduction to  Law—Elective
      Women in World History—Elective

Course Catalog

1200/1210 Global Studies 9 Honors/Regents
This survey course is the first part of a two-year program that follows the New York State syllabus for Global History and Geography. In the ninth grade, the course begins with an introduction to the essential elements of historical analysis, geography and the social sciences, which serve as methodological foundations for the study of ancient, medieval and early modern civilizations in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Chronology is occasionally suspended in favor of a broad treatment of the rise and fall of diverse civilizations. Women’s studies themes appear prominently throughout the course. An honors section is offered for qualifying students. This course ends in a school examination standard to all sections of the course.

2200/2210 Global Studies 10 Honors/Regents
This survey course follows the New York State syllabus for Global Studies, building on the ninth grade curriculum and continuing a chronological approach to the study of the world’s regions. This survey course will commence with the outbreak of the French Revolution and continue until the fruition of modern society. The significant themes of history with their causal relationships, and the impact of economics, social conditions, cultures, and geography on historic development, are explored and analyzed. An honors section is offered for qualifying students. This course ends in a Regents Exam that covers the subject matter for both Global Studies 9 and Global Studies 10.

3200 Advanced Placement U.S. History and Government
In this course, students analyze the development of the American government from the colonial period to modern times. Through document-based questions, essay format, reports, and multiple-choice exams, students develop interpretive skills and explore divergent viewpoints. This is a college-level course. In May, the students take the AP exam. They must also take the Regents examination in June for diploma credit. The AP examination is mandatory; however, it is not the basis of the final grade.

3205/3210 U.S. History and Government Honors/Regents
The course follows the New York State syllabus for the 11th grade. The course begins with an examination of the constitutional foundations of American government, with special emphasis on the influence of the Enlightenment, the Declaration of Independence and the roots of American democracy, followed by a thorough the study of the essential principles of the Constitution. Building upon these foundational elements, the students then apply this knowledge to the chronological investigation of key historical events and time periods including the Federal Era, Jacksonian Democracy, the Civil War, Imperialism, and Civil Rights. Rooted strongly in the impact of social, economic and political forces on history, students develop an appreciation of the complicated cultural fabric of the United States. This course ends in a Regents examination. An Honors section of this course is offered for qualified students.

4200 Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Politics
This course covers basic information about American government and how it works. It also includes a consideration of why American government is structured as it is. This involves a study of the concepts, values, and objectives underlying the structure of American institutions and political practices. Specific topics covered in the course include the institutions of American government (the presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court), the linkage institutions that mediate the relationship between the public and government (political parties, interest groups, and the mass media). We also consider the influence that public opinion and political participation have on the workings of American government. And finally, we also cover various areas of public policy including foreign and domestic policy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

4210 U. S. Government/Economics
The study of Government will examine modern day elections, presidential decisions, legislative actions, and United States Supreme Court decisions. The study of Economics will examine concepts in macro- and microeconomics, such as scarcity, supply and demand, business organizations, labor, taxes, international trade, and the workings of the stock market. Application of these ideas culminates in a student project.

4216 Economics Honors
Designed to both compliment and augment the Advanced Placement U. S. Government and Politics course, Honors Economics is a challenging course that is designed to give students an overview of economic systems, terminology, and the basics of consumerism. It is a one-semester class that fulfills graduation requirements of Preston High School. Solid reading and writing skills, along with a willingness to devote serious time to homework and study, are necessary to be successful. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking skills, hands on economic projects, and the development of a lifelong understanding of how money works, the value of fiscal planning and common sense. In addition, several Financial Literacy workshops are built into the course to prepare students for life outside of high school.

4250 Honors Humanities:  The United States' Struggles for Equality, A study of Race, Class, and Gender

This year long senior elective is open to those students who have demonstrated a deep understanding of United States History in their Junior year.  The course is a sociological study of the United States’ongoing struggle to provide civil rights to and protect civil liberties for all of its people. The course materials will focus on groups who have been denied rights because of their race, gender, or class; the themes that seem to repeat themselves throughout the various struggles; and the methods by which the various groups have attempted to achieve equality. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach allows students to apply different critical lenses to the material that is covered, while making connections between history, literature, art, movies, music, science, and religion. The seminar set up will allow students to perform independent research and service learning which they will then present to the class and the school, as well as allowing them to express themselves in reflection papers and projects.

4260 Introduction to Law
This year-long elective course is open to Seniors who desire to explore the American judicial system. During the course students will study Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Torts, and Contracts. Students will analyze diverse law-making institutions; the roles which judges, lawyers, and citizens play in the legal system; the ethical responsibilities of attorneys; the effects that laws have on society; and how anyone can utilize the system to bring about change. The Bill of Rights is examined in relationship to contemporary issues, including the role of juveniles, the penal system, and law-related careers. Speakers, debates, legal briefs and media analysis are components of the course that aims at deepening the students’ understanding of the workings of democracy in American government.

4270 Women in World History
This elective course is designed to increase student understanding of the history and experiences of women around the world. It focuses principally on the ways in which gender interacts with race/ethnicity, social class, religion, age, nationality and other cultural identities to crease differences and similarities in gendered lives. Students will critically examine and compare through a multidisciplinary approach the voices and experiences of women representing both domestic and global diversities. The students will analyze the divergent roles of women in ancient civilizations including Africa, the Ottoman Empire, India, China, Europe and the United States, in attempts to ascertain cultural norms regarding gender roles.