AP United States History
Students investigate key political concepts, ideas, institutions, policies, interactions, roles, and behaviors that characterize the constitutional system and political culture of the United States. Students will study the structure of the Constitution throughout the course, as well as its implications for the functioning of government today. Other foundational documents, landmark Supreme Court cases, and opportunities for research and civic action are key elements in this rich course that prepares students to be informed and active participants in U.S. society.
Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of constitutional democracy by summarizing the reasons for government, describing the structure of the United States Government, describing the impact the Federalist and Anti-Federalists debate had on American politics, and explaining the constitutional principles of the separation of powers and checks and balances.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of civil liberties and civil rights by comparing civil liberties and civil rights, summarizing the provision of the Bill of Rights, and evaluating civil liberties’ balance with individual liberties.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the branches of government by describing the powers and functions of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of political culture and participation by summarizing political socialization, explaining the ideologies of the two major parties, describing the role of the electoral college, and explaining factors that influence voters.
AP Course & Exam Registration Requirements
College Board requires students to register for AP exams no later than November 13th (individual schools may set earlier deadlines).
All VLACS AP students are required to enroll in the “course only” section in My AP. Instructions for joining My AP will be posted on each VLACS course page and instructors are available to help with this process.
Students who plan to take the corresponding AP exam must arrange to take the exam at a local school that administers it. To register for an AP Exam, the local school will enroll the student in an “exam only” section in My AP. Students should follow these steps:
Please note that, if a school allows a student to register after the 11/13 deadline, there will be a $40 late exam fee. There will also be a $40 canceled/unused exam fee if a student registers and then cancels his/her exam or if the student does not show up on test day.
More information is available on the College Board’s website: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/
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