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    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
    • 9th Grade (one year) – World History I/II
    • 10th Grade (one semester) – Contemporary World Problems or Global Leadership 
    • 11th Grade (one year) US History 11A/11B or IB History of the Americas 
    • 12th Grade (one semester) – American Government or IB 20th Century World History (continuation of the 2 year IB history course)
    •  Completion of Washington State History or equivalent


    WASHINGTON STATE HISTORY
    Students who have not satisfied the state requirement in Washington State History in middle school can satisfy this requirement in US History in 11th grade (see below). 


    WORLD HISTORY I, II– (Honors option available)
    Credits: 0.5 credit/semester
    Grade(s): 9
    Length of Course: One Year
    Prerequisite: WHI/WHII 
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied: World History I, II
    Note: A special section of World History I/II will be offered in the Spanish Language, which is part of the Spanish Immersion Sequence. Teacher approval is required for this section.
    This survey course will build upon the historical patterns in world history to understand and evaluate change and diverse perspectives in the contemporary period. Students will examine world cultures, institutions, organizational patterns, and major conflicts of the past to understand current world issues and possible solutions using historical source analysis, critical thinking, argument, and group interaction.  There will be a strong focus on literacy and argumentative writing.

    GLOBAL LEADERSHIP 1
    Credits: 0.5 credit
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: One Semester
    Prerequisite: None
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied: World History 3; Social Studies elective

    Note: A special section of Global Leadership will be offered in the Spanish Language, which is part of the Spanish Immersion Sequence. Teacher approval is required for this section.
    In Global Leadership 1, students examine the social and environmental impacts of complex, interconnected global issues, such as water scarcity, climate change, access to education, and food security. Throughout the semester, students engage in research, discussions, debates, role-plays, and collaborative action projects. A key component of the course is a monthly visit to a partner elementary school during which class members teach lessons to fourth and fifth grade students based on what they learn in the class. This course uses a student-centered curriculum that focuses on the development of students' leadership skills. Weekly class meetings are held for students to discuss and amend class policies, resolve conflict, and address other issues among each other that affect the group. An emphasis is placed on team building early in the semester to help students improve their communication skills.

    CONTEMPORARY WORLD PROBLEMS (CWP)
    Credits: 0.5 credit
    Grade(s): 10
    Length of Course: One Semester
    Prerequisite: World History I, II
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied: World History 3

    Interactions among societies and between humans and nature present issues that affect all of humanity.  This semester-long course introduces students to some of the most challenging issues facing the world today. Students will explore global economic systems, human rights, global health, environmental problems, and the role of the United States and the United Nations in a changing world, among other topics. Students will examine evidence from a variety of perspectives and engage in peer discussions to evaluate problems, form opinions, and propose solutions on matters that affect our world. Students can expect a variety of instructional approaches, including the use of various types of texts, primary and secondary source documents, 21st century technologies, collaborative projects, and class discussion with an emphasis on writing and critical thinking, independently and in groups.

    US HISTORY 11A, 11B
    Credits: 0.5 credit / semester
    Grade(s): 11
    Length of Course: One Year
    Prerequisite: None
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied: US History 

    Note: All sections of US History 11B will incorporate Washington State History to satisfy the State requirement for students who did not satisfy this requirement in middle school.

    This course is a survey of US History from its beginning to the present. Teachers have considerable flexibility to teach this course in a number of ways. Some choose to cover historical periods in a chronological fashion from a critical look at indigenous peoples and the Americas before Europeans, the early colonies, America’s independence movement and founding documents to the westward expansion, Civil War, Reconstruction, and industrialization during the first semester.   Second semester covers rights movements (women, Native American, Chicano, African-American) , the emergence of the United States as a global power, and immigration.  Some teachers exercise a thematic approach to US history using essential questions to explore themes that occur throughout US history like immigration, civil rights, economics, and the treatment/protection of the environment. In all cases, students read diverse texts, create presentations, practice discussion skills and use evidence to write persuasive and argumentative essays.

    HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS – INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
    Credits:  0.5 credit / semester
    Grade(s):  11
    Length of Course:  One Year
    Prerequisite:  None, Reading at 11th grade level suggested
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied:  Social Studies
    In the first year of the two-year IB history course, students investigate major themes in the history of all of the Americas (North America, the Caribbean, and Central/South America). Units will include topics such as European conquests, independence movements, the U.S. Civil War, and the Mexican Revolution. This course focuses on reading challenging texts, and building historical knowledge that is used in “on-the-spot” essay writing. Students can also expect to build skills in propelling class dialogue through role-plays, Socratic Seminars, and teamwork. A major independent research project is required and is credited toward the overall IB exam score. To qualify for the IB exam, students must also take a second year in IB 20th Century Topics.

    Note: A special section of History of the Americas will be offered in the Spanish Language, which is part of the Spanish Immersion Sequence and will include Latin American History content.  Units will include topics such as political developments, The Cold War, and Civil Rights movements. To qualify for the IB exam, students must also take a second year in IB 20th Century Topics.

    20th CENTURY WORLD HISTORY – INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
    Credits: 0.5 credit/semester
    Grade(s): 12
    Length of Course: One Year
    Prerequisite: IB History of the Americas
    Graduation Requirements Satisfied: The combination of IB History of the Americas and IB 20th Century World History satisfies the American Government requirement.

    In this second year of the two-year Higher Level (HL) IB History course, students will investigate major themes in the 20th Century from a variety of perspectives. Units will include Rights and Protest, the Cold War, and the rise of authoritarian or single party states such as Stalin in Russia, Mao in China, and Castro in Cuba. Students can also expect to build skills in propelling class dialogue through role-plays, Socratic Seminars and teamwork. This course also spends considerable attention on analyzing documents and acquiring in-depth historical knowledge to write “on-the-spot” college-level history essays. All students are expected to prepare for the IB exams, which are offered in May. Completion of the two-year IB history course satisfies the State’s American Government graduation requirement.

    Note: A special section of IB 20th Century World History will be offered in the Spanish Language, which is part of the Spanish Immersion Sequence and will include Latin American History content.  Units will include topics such as political developments, The Cold War, and Civil Rights movements. To qualify for the IB exam, students must also take a second year in IB 20th Century Topics.


    AMERICAN GOVERNMENT 
    Credits:  0.5 credit
    Grade(s):  12
    Length of Course:  One Semester
    Prerequisite:  None
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied:  American Govt.

    In American Government, students learn about the American governmental system, including the judicial, legislative, and executive branches. They develop the knowledge and understanding necessary to make informed decisions in their everyday lives. Students learn about their constitutional rights in different situations, including being stopped by the police. They learn about the election process and about voting rights throughout history and in the present day. Students will be asked to demonstrate skills in reading/writing, research, discussion, debate, mock trial, and simulations. It is a requirement of the course that students pass a citizenship test.


    PSYCHOLOGY SL – INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
    Credits: 0.5 credit/semester
    Grade(s): 11, 12
    Length of Course: One Year
    Prerequisite: None
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Community and Technical Education/Occupational Education (CTE/Occ Ed), or Social Studies Elective 

    Offered at the Standard Level (SL), IB Psychology offers students a broad understanding of psychology through multiple levels of analysis. The course guides students through the study of human behavior by exploring key topics from four district levels of analysis; socio-cultural, cognitive, biological and abnormal behavior. Students will also study research design, methods, statistics, ethical issue in psychological research and application. This in-depth learning opportunity will have you asking more questions about human behavior, and provide a deeper understanding of yourself. Students will learn how to design a research study and prepare for the rigorous IB exam. This course provides Occ. Ed credit and/or social studies elective credit. Students may also elect to take the course for both IB credit and UW in the High Schools college credit. The UW college credit is not dependent on test scores but grade earned and will transfer to any college/university of choice for a fee. No prerequisite. Best to take General Psychology in 10th if possible. 


    PSYCHOLOGY HL – INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
    Credits: 0.5 credit/semester
    Grade(s): 12
    Length of Course: One Year
    Prerequisite: IB Psychology SL
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Community and Technical Education/Occupational Education (CTE/Occ Ed), or Social Studies Elective 

    IB Psychology HL is the second course in the two-year Psychology IB offering. A brief review of the first-year levels of analysis is included. Students will have the opportunity to design their own psychological experiments. They will explore the world of human relationships in-depth through qualitative psychological research and methodology. This course provides Occ. Ed credit and/or social studies elective credit.  Student may also elect to take the course for both IB credit with the exam and UW in the High Schools college credit. The UW college credit is not dependent on test scores but grade obtainment in the course and will transfer to any college/university for a fee. Students will be expected to take the HL IB Psychology exam at the end of the year. Prerequisite: IB Psychology SL.

    GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
    Credits: 0.5 credits
    Grade(s): 10, 11, 12
    Length of Course: One Semester
    Prerequisite: None
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Community and Technical Education/Occupational Education (CTE/Occ Ed), or Social Studies Elective 

    This is a broad survey of the basics of psychology including major theorist such as Freud, Jung, Maslow, and Skinner. Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior which includes examining motivation, social groups and norms, biological drives and questions what is “normal”. Learning about yourself and others will help you navigate all human relationships and important for all occupations. Come and see what you have been missing. 

    THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE – INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
    Credits: 1.0 credit
    Grade(s): 11, 12
    Length of Course: Second semester of 11th and first semester of 12th grade; 7th period only.
    Prerequisite: None
    Graduation Requirement Satisfied: Elective

    Theory of Knowledge (TOK) is a course about critical thinking and inquiring into the process of knowing, rather than about learning a specific body of knowledge. It is a course that all IB Diploma students around the world undertake. The TOK course examines how we know what we claim to know. It does this by encouraging students to analyze knowledge claims (assertions that we know X or know how to do Y) and explore knowledge questions (open questions about knowledge). In TOK, students discuss a wide range of topics from classical philosophy to controversial contemporary issues.