• The following courses are elective courses and are not for social studies credit.
    US 1 Honors (@Sandra Day O'Connor HS Academy)
    This course focuses on the native civilizations, colonization, and the founding documents, words, and people of the American Revolution ending with the Early Nation period.
     Grade: 9 Length: Year
     Credit: 1 
    US 2 Honors (@Sandra Day O'Connor HS Academy)
    This course focuses on the early American republic, the antebellum period, territorial expansion, and the development of the American West.
     Grade: 10 Length: Semester
     Credit: .5 Prerequisite: US 1 Honors
    US 3 Honors (@Sandra Day O'Connor HS Academy)
    See: AP United States History (SDOHS Academy)
    US 4 Honors (@Sandra Day O'Connor HS Academy)
    In this course students will match their personal interests to a community sponsor to complete community service and research.
     Grade: 12 Length: Semester
     Credit: 4 Prerequisite: US 2 Honors/AP US History
    Law in Society
    This course studies the American legal system and the problems and issues it encounters. Topics include criminal law, civil law, juvenile law, family law, consumer law, environmental law, and mock trials.
     Grade: 11-12 Length: Semester
     Credit: .5 
    This course is for students who are interested in studying problems and issues in today's society. Subject matter will explore family, race relations, crimes, religion, sex roles, dating, law, death, and other human interactions.  The course requires reading and special projects. 
     Grade: 11-12Length: Semester 
     Credit: .5 
    Students will explore such topics as human growth and development, the development of personality and intelligence, principles of learning, frustration and conflict, and personality disturbances and their treatment.  
     Grade: 11-12 Length: Semester 
     Credit: .5  
    AP Psychology 
    The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major sub-fields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice for dual enrollment credit at some sites.  Community college tuition applies.
    Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
     Credit: 1  Prerequisite: Placement Criteria
    Modern American History
    The course will examine the major social, political, and economics events of the 1960's-today. Emphasis will be placed on the Civil Rights Movement, the J.F.K. Assassination, the Vietnam War, the Watergate Scandal and the Counter Culture Movement, and Terrorism.  
     Grade: 11-12 Length: Semester 
     Credit: .5  
    AP European History
    Students in this course are expected to demonstrate knowledge of basic chronology and major events and trends from the High Renaissance of approximately 1450 to the present. The broad themes of intellectual-culture, political-diplomatic, and social-economic history form the basis of the course within that chronology.
    Grade: 11-12 Length: Year
     Credit: 1  Prerequisite: AP or Honors World History
     AP Comparative Government and Politics
     The AP course in Comparative Government and Politics introduces students to fundamental concepts used by political scientists to study the processes and outcomes of politics in a variety of country settings. The course should cover specific countries and their governments.
    Grade: 12 Length: Year
     Credit: 1  Prerequisite: AP Government