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    The Academy Of American Studies 
    Welcome to the Academy of American Studies page! The Academy is a 4-year program that focuses on civics and American history through a variety of courses, guest speakers, field trips, and interactive learning. The Academy is also a companion program to the Advanced Academics  program at SDOHS. Students who are accepted into the Academy automatically become part of the Advanced Academic program, which includes Honors/Pre-AP/AP courses.
    The 4-Year Program of Study is as follows:

    Freshman Year

    ·         US 1 (1.0 Credit)- Focuses on the MesoAmerican Civilizations and Colonization up until the American Revolution. *Mr. Smith

    ·         ELA 1-2 H (1.0)- Focuses on Literature that touches on American Classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird.  *Mrs. Davies

    ·         Biology H (1.0)- Focuses on the basics of biological animals and effects.  *Ms. Elton


    Sophomore Year

    ·         World History AP (1.0)- Focuses on the 6 Major Themes seen throughout world history.  * Mr. Hudson

    ·         ELA 3-4 H (1.0)- Focuses on Greek classics along with contemporary literature.  *Mrs. DeVito

    ·         Chemistry H (1.0)- Focuses on the dynamics of how matter interacts in different forms.  *Mr. Burton

    ·         US 2 Online/Hybrid (1.0)- Focuses on American History viewed in the scope of world events, such as Paris after the French Revolution, as well as the growth of the Nation.  This is an online course with book studies.  *Mr. Hudson


    Junior Year

    ·         AP U.S. History (1.0)- Focuses on the themes of American History, from the Revolution through present day.  *Mrs. Ellis

    ·         AP Language & Composition (1.0)- Focuses on how literature is composed, using early American literature such as The Scarlett Letter and The Crucible. *Mrs. Wallach


    Senior Year

    ·         AP U.S. Government (.5)- Focuses on the branches of the U.S. government and how they shape policies and structures within the U.S. *Mr. Jones

    ·         AP Economics (.5)- Focuses on the development of economic theories as well as market history.  *Mr. Baker

    ·         AP Literature & Composition (1.0)- Focuses on literature from American Poets to contemporary pieces.  *Mrs. Simon

    ·         US 4 Internship (1.0)-Year-long internship in which the student chooses a subject/employer they want to explore further and set personal and empoloyer goals that connect with civic duty, history, or career-oriented skills.  *Mr. Hudson


    If you would like to apply for the Academy of American Studies, please fill out an application and include a one-page essay on why you believe civics is important in American education and how you plan to be involved in the school and community as part of the Academy.
     Download the Application here: 2019-2020 File
    Download the Short Answer Questions here: Short Answer Questions for Application
    If you have questions regarding The Academy Of American Studies, please contact Mr. Hudson via email.
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